John A. Quayle blueoval at SGI.NET
Wed Dec 31 13:11:35 MST 1997

At 02:28 PM 12/31/97 -0500, Bobke, Daniel C. wrote:

>Am I having a nightmare?  Are there people on this list seriously
>stating that the government should regulate where people can and
>can't smoke?  C'mon!!!
>Let's break this down.  Most of the comments I read centered
>around the argument that being around smokers was a nuisance, a
>point I agree with.  However, since when do we, as conservatives,
>want the government to regulate nuisances?  Rush and others have
>made the excellent point that if we allow this, where does it
>stop?  How about perfume?  There are now cities that have
>regulated the use of perfume because it can cause people to have
>allergic reactions!!!
>Now, one may argue that there is a health risk associated with
>"secondhand smoke".  There are two comments I have here.  First,
>there is no solid scientific causal relationship between
>secondhand smoke and increased risk of cancer or other diseases.
>The numbers the California Department of Health Services are
>fabricated and they resort to scare tactics (a woman smoking from
>the hole cut in her neck, a man (actor) who claims he killed his
>wife with his smoking, etc.).  Second, if there is an increased
>risk, what is it and what really is the appropriate response?  A
>complete ban is extreme even if there is risk involved.
>Let's temper our own distaste for the habit with the knowledge we
>have of who is propagating these "statistics".  These are the
>same people who are telling us that the earth is heating up, that
>Freon was destroying the ozone layer, and that Bill Clinton is
>the most admired man in America.  I'll say it again...C'mon!!!

        Point well-taken.


John A. Quayle

"Government is *NOT* the solution. Government is the *PROBLEM*!"
- Ronald Reagan, Inaugural Address, 1984

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