An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
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.