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Watch for Even MORE Freedoms to Vanish

2 October 2007, 7:30 am. 6 Comments. Filed under Feckless Weasels, Moonbats & Other Animals.

Restaurant smoking ban in effect

Jennifer Smith was surprised to find smoking in Tennessee restaurants when she moved from California in 1998, but wasn’t spurred to take action until her young son had a severe asthmatic reaction to cigarette smoke in a restaurant two years ago.

“We were seated in the non-smoking section but it was adjacent to the smoking area. The cigarette smoke was thick but the restaurant was packed and there was nowhere else to sit. Jonathan began to cough and his coughing rapidly became more violent and more frequent. By the time our food arrived, he was in the middle of a full-blown asthma attack. We had to rush home to give him a breathing treatment.

“It was very apparent that the cigarette smoke in the restaurant had triggered the attack and I, of course, became very upset and angry. I should not have to worry about putting my son’s health at risk just to go out to eat.”

So, those who pay more in sales tax than she does get penalized because she is too stupid to take her son to an already smoke free restaurant? There were already quite a few places around the state that had those little global signs for “no smoking”. I’m real sorry her kid has an idiot for a mother.

To be perfectly honest, I don’t want to go to a nice restaurant that has four year olds running around. That’s why we avoid those family friendly places. They make what should have been a relaxed dining experience, quite unpleasant.

Smith and her son, who turns 4 in December, joined Gov. Phil Bredesen, legislators and dozens of health advocates outside a Nashville barbecue restaurant Monday to mark the day Tennessee’s Non-Smokers Protection Act went into effect, banning smoking in most restaurants and workplaces across the state. Only restaurants, bars and other venues that are closed to people younger than 21 at all times can allow smoking.

One more example that if you want to have a business, you’ve got to watch out for the nannies. Rules and regulations, made up by people who have NO interest in your business, other than the absurd need to control others. The arrogance is mind boggling. And, like sheep, we all just follow along.

Bredesen, whose support this year was crucial to its passage, called it a “historic day, and one that will change lives for the better across Tennessee.

“Smoke-free workplaces are a national trend. In the past few years, more and more states have adopted these measures. I’m proud that Tennessee is the first traditional tobacco state to sign on.”

If there was a national trend to go nekkid, would Bredesen and his cronies advocate for that too? As my mother always told me, “Just because your friends jump off a bridge, that doesn’t mean you have to!” Honestly, it’s not just the fact that I can’t smoke after a meal, or waiting for a meal, or the check, or …… It’s the idea that some do-gooder is constantly in my face telling me what I can, and cannot do, because THEY don’t like it. I thought that, even though Tennessee had a Dhimmi governor, there was more common sense. I was wrong!

Isn’t it odd that many of those who advocate for a non smoking world, also advocate for the legalization of marijuana? That those most opposed to war, are on the front lines for abortion ‘rights’? Just a thought.

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  1. Sean. 2 October 2007, 8:09 am

    I think your generalizations may be a bit of a stretch. Because in fairness that goes both ways. Those who complain loudest about the PCness of our world, or those who cry the loudest when they feel their beliefs have been offended. Those who claim to be pro-life, are the same who will say better their innocents then ours. Those who claim to practice the teachings of their faiths are often the most judgemental. I think we may actually be headed towards a new form of bigotry in this country where simple right or left leaning beliefs will draw the utmost scorn from those opposed. Liberal and Conservative alike are guilty of that.

    As for your argument about the smoking…I agree, the lady is an idiot. My g/f is allergic to cigarette smoke, and both her son, and our daughter are asthmatic. That means we don’t go to smoking restaraunts, because common sense says that doing so will put them in harms way. Thankfully are favorite restaraunt in nonsmoking :)

  2. olbroad. 2 October 2007, 3:13 pm

    For the sake of argument, let’s say you are right about some of that. Granted, yes, both sides take on the other when they feel they are in the right. Even the Right isn’t always right. shhhhhh don’t tell anyone I said that. :)

  3. TexasFred. 2 October 2007, 6:48 pm

    As an EX smoker, smoked for 36 years, I wish they’d totally outlaw the damn things and make the whole world smoke free, I get around it now and I am sick the next day…

    And it stinks…

    I don’t care what ANYONE does in their home or outside but in close quarters we ALL have a right to breathe smoke free air..

    I wish I had felt that way 41 years ago and had never picked the damn things up, maybe I wouldn’t have had 2 heart attacks and 2 heart surgeries already…

    And as a stroke victim, I’d think Ol’ Broad would have ‘caught a clue’ by now too…

  4. olbroad. 2 October 2007, 8:28 pm

    Fred….I’m gonna die happy! So….thplbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb.. :)

  5. Jayce. 3 October 2007, 9:16 am

    I thought I’d be in agreement with Racist Fred about this issue, but I’m not… and I guess that’s a good thing for me. He has a knack for being wrong.

    I don’t know why business owners and those who enjoy smoking have to suffer because guys like Racist Fred can’t control their bad habits. Some people I know have a hard time controlling their weight because they eat too much fast food and too many sweets. Fred, should we ban those as well???

  6. olbroad. 3 October 2007, 9:19 am

    Howdy Jayce….missed you! :)

    Sometimes I think they should ban sweets, cuz they’ve sure packed on the ‘spare tire’. Of course, it’s not MY fault that I keep grabbing the honey buns while on the road. :)