Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Give the smoking ban a rest,NS

You know who sounds a lot alike? Smokers and non-helmet-wearing motorcyclists.

Both claim that their activity hurts no one but themselves, and that they have a "right" to engage in said activity, even in "public" places, such as their homes or in bars, or highways.

As if the non-smokers in one's home or in the bar need the second-hand smoke. But I guess you could say, well, it's one's choice to frequent a place where one knows smoke is going to be. Well, unless one is a child, in which case, one goes where one's parents takes one, smoky or no.

Or, as if the non-helmet-wearers have no family, friends or loved ones --no one who would 1) miss them if they died of a traumatic head injury, or, 2) had to care for them if the traumatic head injury did not kill them, but rather incapacitated them for any length of time--like, maybe, the rest of your life.

Since so many of my family work in the health-care field nowadays--we have 1 doctor, 1 nurse, and 1 radiology technologist (x-ray tech)--I've discovered another group of people hurt by the habits of others.

Those very health-care workers. The ones treating your emphysema, your lung cancer, the asthma of your child. The one in the emergency room taking an x-ray of your broken, bloody head that's just met its match on the pavement.

Because even as they put up a professional front as they treat you, as they run the tests, as they explain to you and/or your loved ones what the problem is, what can be done, what's going to happen--or, as, God forbid, they have to break the news that nothing can be done--it's hard, and it hurts, and it's frustrating. Because the health-care workers are people too, are they see so much damage that could have been prevented.

Except for that choice thing, you know, peoples' rights to screw themselves up. Cause they're not hurting anyone...except themselves.

Smoking ban creates winners, losers | The News-Sentinel - Fort Wayne IN: "That's Broadway not in Fort Wayne, but in supposedly
backward New Haven, where the owners of bars and the adults who patronize them are still allowed to make their own decisions about tobacco - and are expected to accept the resulting benefits and consequences."

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