Are smokers discriminated against by not allowing them to smoke in public places?
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I am not in disagreement with you when you list all the risks caused by cars. I am well aware that a car is far from the healthiest form of transportation. However you can't deny the fact that it is very practical, I imagine you use these forms of transportation daily. Do you drive or use other forms of fueled transportation like trains or buses? Does it make your life easier? I'm gonna assume that the answer is yes, and if it is no, I imagine you have a life not revolving around children or a work that is distant from your home - that is good for you, however I don't think my point is invalidated by that.
Smoking is an addiction, as you corrected me. It is a satisfaction, it is unnecessary, it comes with no benefits what so ever, and on top of that it is said to cause numerous diseases and conditions. Not to mention if you expose a PREGNANT LADY to smoke from tobacco her baby is in risk of malnutrition, because the tobacco blocks the nutrition to travel from the placenta into the baby's stomach, let me add this is also where the baby gets its oxygen from. That can lead to several life threatening disorders and death for the baby, as well as ausperger syndrome, spasticity and other disorders that can threaten the quality of life for the baby.
I'm not gonna argue that fueled transportation doesn't have its downsides, however I don't see how you could compare such a practical thing as a car to such an unnecessary thing as smoking.
To answer your question why alcohol isn't banned - I don't know why it isn't banned. Alcohol is different from smoking because technically it only harms the drinker (if you don't include the harm the person does under the effects of it) I don't think it would be unreasonable to ban alcohol, however the prohibition in the US taught us that banning alcohol did not turn out to be effective at all. Banning smoking is not gonna be effective either, but there is no reason why people should be forced to breathe unnecessary and dangerous smoke into their lungs wherever they go.
Smoking is not banned, we are not banning smokers. Everyone can smoke if that is what they want. Just keep it away from the other people, who take advantage from their right NOT to smoke.
I think that in this day and age of "We know best" it is ok until it is used in a dictatorial manner and it only achieves to marginalizes members of society. We should at least be trying to find a solution that achieves the aim without inadvertently arriving at this position of discrimination.
I thank you for your well argued opinions and your good grace in your responses. I accept all your arguments but I do not think that this is not discrimination.
Banning smokers? Never have I once heard of anyone being banned from a building simply because he is a smoker. SMOKING is banned in buildings, not smokers. Now if people got banned simply because of the fact that they smoke, that would be discrimination, however that is simply not the case.
My dictionary defines discrimination as treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit.
In most swim halls it is not tolerated to run, because it is wet and you can cause great deal of harm to yourself and others if you fall. Now, do they discriminate runners? Is Michael Johnson not allowed in swimming halls because he is a runner? No! of course not, he just needs to do it somewhere else, and while in the hall he needs to obey the rules that they have provided for their costumers. These rules are made for the safety of everyone, they are not mean or discriminating rules.
Thank you for the debate, interesting and different topic.
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