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Belmont ban
You see, I did something last night that I don't think I have done in a very, very long time. I watched a little of the local news and the very first story covered was on a smoking ban in Belmont. At first, I was all for it save for one point.

You see this ban would cause folks to not be able to smoke on the sidewalks or pretty much in public at all. Though I'm guessing there would be designated areas for such thing. It would also ban smoking in company cars, which makes sense as well. The part, though, that makes me suddenly go 'That is unconstitutional!' is that part of the ban would ban smoking inside residential rentals. I understand that apartments are temporary dwellings, but while someone lives in them, that is their home. Are we going to go into someone's home and police them over smoking? Now, not that it would bother me in the least if that was to happen, but at what point do we ask ourselves "have we gone too far?"

As much as I detest the practice of smoking due to the toxins that it is filled with and the use of nicotine to make it addictive and the inconsiderate nature some have exposing children/non-smokers to secondhand smoke, I feel something wrong with outlawing it in private dwellings, rental or not. Especially in this area where even some of the 'haves' can't buy a house or condo due to the overwhelming cost of living. What's your opinion?
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maestrodog From: maestrodog Date: March 14th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately, smoke can get around ventilation systems. And like it or not, when you live in an apartment complex, you affect the people around you. Would you be ok with similarly lifting noise ordinances in residential complexes? What about the use of virulent insect poisons, as long as it was kept to one unit and any surrounding property rented by the tenant? Would a person be justified using cocaine illegally in their own home, as long as they bothered nobody else? After all, if people choose to play loud music, use bad drugs, or smoke in their own home, why should the people around them care?

And there are practical considerations too...besides polluting, cigarettes can start fires. Smokers do pay higher insurance premiums because of this. Do you want to live with that risk, in the next apartment over?

Not to mention, many smokers are very careless with their cigarette butts and places where smoking is allowed are often littered with them.

In a nutshell...I think it's a good idea, because I can't think of a single advantage to allowing it. I'm all for letting people do what they want as long as they hurt nobody else, but by smoking in a tight residential complex, they do hurt someone else in the above ways.
bikerwalla From: bikerwalla Date: March 14th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with you. These days you can be a 'have' and still only be able to afford a rental unit.
victor_cow From: victor_cow Date: March 14th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with you Panji. I don't smoke, well an ocassional puff of a clove once a year. But I think things are going way too far when people try to control your habbits like smoking and wheather or not your allowed to spank your child etc.

Too many soccer moms with nothing better to do.

I think they should focus on real problems, homless, education, global warming, animal shelters etc.
toraneko From: toraneko Date: March 15th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)

In that case

I want a ban on drinking too. Tha has the possibility of affecting me as a neighbor. The puke, the smell of piss when you can't find your privvy and piss outside, the people coming over to party with you that might thieves or druggies. . .

Sheesh.

Smoking is legal. People trying to step all over other people's personal freedoms need to get a clue and understand what an invasion of privacy like this could mean for the future.

I don't like it when people cook fish and leave windows open but I'll be fuckeed if I would support a ban against it.

You catch a wiff of something you don't like but is legal? Close the window. In the car, in your house, wherever. smoking outside? Go across the street. People are getting too used to pacifying the whiners instead of them coming up with saner solutions.
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