Ohio approves state smoking ban

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Kathy

Cheyenne, WY

#1 Nov 8, 2006
Smoking is bad for anyone

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Randy

Fairborn, OH

#2 Nov 8, 2006
The smoking ban is "One small step for man, one hugh step toward big government". I don't smoke, never have, but as most, I know folks that do. This issue wasn't really about smoking in public places, it was about the state government controlling one more thing. I worry about a governing body that supports issues like this that give them new ways to be involved in everyone's life. We as Ohioian have stuggled with job loss, and we jump right in to it again with passing this issue. Great job to those that supported issue 5. Don't even get me started on the passing of Issue 2.

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go figure

Alpine, TX

#3 Nov 8, 2006
This will not help as always if you tell someone not to do something they try even harder to do it. And like the comedian Bill Engvall said "you will never stop smokers they could be in a two story building ad would be hanging by their ankles from th eroof smoking."
So what is the point. I mean compare it to drinking and driving- it is illegal but yet it continues to increase across the state.
LINDA

Tallmadge, OH

#4 Nov 8, 2006
YOU ARE RIGHT WHAT IS NEXT AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION SAYING WE DO NOT HAVE RIGHT TO DRINK COFFEE IN PUBLIC PLACES AS PEOPLE HAVE HEART ATTACKS WHEN BEHIND WHEEL.WHAT HAPPENED TO LAND OF FREE.IF YOU OWN BUILDING YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO ALLOW SMOKING IF YOU WISH WITHOUT GOVERMENT CONTROL.
Randy wrote:
The smoking ban is "One small step for man, one hugh step toward big government". I don't smoke, never have, but as most, I know folks that do. This issue wasn't really about smoking in public places, it was about the state government controlling one more thing. I worry about a governing body that supports issues like this that give them new ways to be involved in everyone's life. We as Ohioian have stuggled with job loss, and we jump right in to it again with passing this issue. Great job to those that supported issue 5. Don't even get me started on the passing of Issue 2.

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LINDA

Tallmadge, OH

#5 Nov 8, 2006
Kathy wrote:
Smoking is bad for anyone
SO IS CAFFIENE IN COFFEE,EGGS, FAST FOOD WHERE DO WE STOP IN MAKING PEOPLE SAFE AT WHAT COST TO FREEDOM.

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MRab2

UK

#6 Nov 8, 2006
The problem is many non-smokers think this will all end with smoking, and it works for them so they're for it and don't really think about it too much because it's just a little bonus that doesn't directly affect them.
Smokers are bias obviously, but because it is an issue that directly affects them they tend to dig a bit deeper than the soundbites and find a rotten core of lies and bad science proposed by the antis, whose ultimate agenda is the erradication of tobacco from our society.
Not a bad thing. People should live healthy lifestyles and take of themselves and not smoke and eat right and drink in moderation and excercise. But the moment you take that "should" and start enshrining it in law you start down a very dangerous path. Make no mistake, we're on that path now.
The bans are already expanding to outdoor areas. In Scotland you can't smoke on a train platforms - other communitors must be releaved by this as obviously the exhaust from the 4000 tonnes of deisel train that's no doubt going to arrive late isn't as bad as someone having a cigarette.
In places there's talking about banning smoking in cars if you have children in the vehicle - it's only a short hop from that to banning it in the home if you have children.
One town in California has made it illegal to smoke everywhere EXCEPT your own home. So if you have an apartment and kids and smoke better be prepared to leave and on and on it goes.

The next obvious target is alcohol. People might think it only affects the user but that's not the case. Irresponsible drinkers affect everyone. They lead to increased violence in the area, police time, not to mention drunk driving.

And what about fat people? You might think, hey fat people are only a danger to themselves. You wouldn't be saying that if you every got stuck next to them on a plane for 11 hours.

The point I'm trying to make is as unreasonable as some might think the examples I'm giving are, think of the reaction you'd have gotten if, 20 years ago you'd suggested that maybe bars should be smoke free.

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jackie

Shelby, OH

#7 Nov 8, 2006
this is becoming a dictatorship, what's next? no drinking? are they going to control everything we do?

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jackie

Shelby, OH

#8 Nov 8, 2006
i think there was a lot of confusion at the polls
greg

Cincinnati, OH

#9 Nov 8, 2006
Im from cincinnati, ohio.
All I can say is im glad I live 15 minutes from kentucky.

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Revlee

East Orange, NJ

#10 Nov 8, 2006
Here is a quote that I think has some value: "Don't let other people 'SHOULD' on you.
mazza way

Saint Peter Port, Isle of Man

#11 Nov 8, 2006
i think the smopking ban is stupid.... everyone likes to go to pubs after work and have a smoke... but now the ban has come into place know-one can do that anymore.... it may have stopped drink driving a lil bit but how would the government like it if they smoked and they wanted to go to a pub for a drink and a smoke after a hard days work but the public made a ban for no smoking in the pubs.. that would really annoy them ay?
Cas

Canton, OH

#12 Nov 8, 2006
Someone drinking coffee doesnt kill others.
Get a clue guys.
Stop blowing toxins into my face please.
No one is saying you stupid ars's cant smoke at home and kill yourself. Just dont kill me. Is that too much to ask?

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Spite

Columbus, OH

#13 Nov 8, 2006
Wake up Ohio Smokers - Boycot all the Restaurants and other public places that are now a no no. Money talks and big Gov will walk.
I am not a smoker, but I feel for those who are. Its your own private right. Whats the next sin to be outlawed or taxed to death.. Alcohol?

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Revlee

East Orange, NJ

#14 Nov 8, 2006
As Yakov Smirnov would say: What a country!!". Why should anyone open a business where the people can tell him how to run his business? If I invite you to enter my house, I set the house rules. If you are invited to enter my place of business, you set the house/business rules. That makes a lot of sense. NOT. You are invited to do business with me, the same as you would be invited to my house. You have the right to refuse either invitation.
God Bless the USA

Ada, OH

#15 Nov 8, 2006
I don't know if any of you realize this but it's not all about Government taking over. If smoking is banned, it sends a message to everyone including our children that smoking isn't cool anymore. This in the long run will SAVE BIG MONEY IN HEALTH CARE COSTS!!!

Way to go people that voted for the Smoking Ban!!

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Lynda

Scottsdale, AZ

#16 Nov 8, 2006
Cas wrote:
Someone drinking coffee doesnt kill others.
Get a clue guys.
Stop blowing toxins into my face please.
No one is saying you stupid ars's cant smoke at home and kill yourself. Just dont kill me. Is that too much to ask?
And what exactly is it you think cars are spewing out into the air that no one can avoid? Pure Oxygen? And before you feed me that "but we don't run cars indoors" line; consider this......where do you think the air inside comes from?

Every gallon of gas you burn when driving puts more poison into the air (and notice how most tailpipes face the sidewalk and pedestrians-talk about blowing smoke in someones face) than hundreds of cigarettes (and that's just one car and one gallon of fuel) and you think cigarette smoke is doing all the damage?

Someone needs to do some serious reading and research I think.

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Lynda

Scottsdale, AZ

#17 Nov 8, 2006
Spite wrote:
Wake up Ohio Smokers - Boycot all the Restaurants and other public places that are now a no no. Money talks and big Gov will walk.
I am not a smoker, but I feel for those who are. Its your own private right. Whats the next sin to be outlawed or taxed to death.. Alcohol?
No fat, they are picking up speed on fat and obesity now. They tried alcohol once and failed that will be the last thing to go, trust me.
Lynda

Scottsdale, AZ

#18 Nov 8, 2006
God Bless the USA wrote:
This in the long run will SAVE BIG MONEY IN HEALTH CARE COSTS!!!
Way to go people that voted for the Smoking Ban!!
You think? A police department in Florida that actually put a policy in place to NOT even hire smokers at all, after more than a year, recinded the policy for they found they couldn't recruit enough GOOD candidates for the force AND found that their healthcare costs did NOT go down one little penny.

Can't wait to see how you react when the nannies come after something you enjoy.
shawno

Ponce, Puerto Rico

#19 Nov 8, 2006
when does the ban take effect?
Joe

Jamaica, NY

#20 Nov 8, 2006
TO LATE TO BOYCOTT THEM NOW, WE SHOULD HAVE DONE THAT WHEN THEY MADE THE BUSINESSES NON-SMOKING.
LIKE BOB EVANS ETC.
I HAVE BOYCOTTED THESE BUSINESSES MYSELF, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT ALLOW SMOKING.
IF ALL THE SMOKERS WOULD HAVE DONE THAT, THEN I DON'T THINK THIS WOULD HAVE PASSED. BUT NO, WE JUST SUCK IT UP AND SHUT UP AND DIDN'T PROTEST THESE STUPID PEOPLE, NOW LOOK AT US.
THEY WON.
I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME PROTESTS GOING ON ABOUT IT.

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