WURTZ: Why do smoking ban sponsors sentence children to death?Posted by Tom Wurtz on February 14, 2015
Kentucky’s General Assembly is again considering a statewide smoking ban (HB145) for businesses and public places, exempting private residences. I’m not a smoker but the sponsors of this bill are an embarrassment.
Why exempt private residences? Isn’t that where Kentuckians, especially children, spend the majority of their time? Children don’t have a choice but to live in a smoker’s death chamber. How much time do children spend in cars with smokers? Do legislators only care about children when they arrive at certain establishments or locations?
If they’re serious about their anti-smoking rhetoric, why aren’t these Dudley-Do-Rights (DDRs) fighting to protect the most vulnerable among us? Even Whitney Houston knew the children are our future.
The American Cancer Society’s website refers to second-hand smoke (SHS) in apocalyptic terms, “Tobacco smoke is a mixture of gases and particles. It contains more than 7,000 chemical compounds. More than 250 of these chemicals are known to be harmful, and at least 69 are known to cause cancer. SHS has been linked to lung cancer. There is also some evidence suggesting it might be linked to lymphoma, leukemia, and brain tumors in children, and cancers of the larynx (voice box), pharynx (throat), nasal sinuses, brain, bladder, rectum, stomach, and breast in adults.”
If second-hand smoke is that deadly, why don’t legislators pass a law outlawing the use of tobacco in Kentucky? Why don’t they have the courage to sponsor laws to break down the doors of smokers’ homes and confiscate their cigarettes in the name of health purity? Do it for the children.
Aren’t legislators sounding like fools for pretending to care about the health of Kentuckians, especially children, on a part-time basis?
I find this whole smoking ban cult bizarre. The narrative is that smoking and second-hand smoking is a death sentence, but no one is recommending shutting down the tobacco industry. Why is that?
In 1998, 46 Attorney Generals, including Kentucky’s AG, signed a Master Settlement Agreement with major tobacco companies. After reviewing all the “settled science” on the dangers of smoking, did the government ban smoking? NO! Why not? I thought the science was settled? Did the agreement demand public areas and businesses to be smoke free? NO! Why not?
In 1998, the states did decide to reduce tobacco marketing and to shakedown tobacco companies for over $200 billion for 25-years. Other payments will last forever.
Are legislators more concerned with keeping the tobacco cash cow alive than keeping Kentuckians alive?
Over the past 17 years, how many Kentuckians, especially children, have been exposed to second-hand smoke and will experience the ravages of cancer. Is the settled science crowd looking the other way to keep the tobacco companies viable to maintain the settlement shakedown?
It’s time for Anti-Smoking DDRs to leave freedom-loving Kentuckians alone and get off our property. The free market will settle the smoking issue. If DDRs don’t have the courage to immediately shutdown “dangerous” tobacco companies, they should at least have the courage to shut-up.
I finally understand the game of politics. Politicians pursue power, control and money by masking their true intentions behind a story of nobility. This smoking ban bill is the latest example of sounding noble while acting like sleazy money-grabbers.
I urge legislators to vote no on the smoking ban (HB145) until sponsors make all cigarettes illegal and refuse to accept any tobacco blood-money. They won’t do it because they’re addicted to tobacco taxes.
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