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There are fewer and fewer places where smokers can light up these days, with smoking bans being instituted by governments and private companies in virtually every public place, from offices and airplanes to bars and restaurants. And now there's evidence that supports bringing no-smoking policies to the only remaining place (other than outdoors) where smokers can still light up — inside their homes.
Or, at least where smokers are living in apartments. In a study of tobacco exposure from secondhand smoke in more than 5,000 children, researchers led by Dr. Karen Wilson at University of Rochester found that youngsters aged 6 to 18 years who lived in multi-unit housing had a 45% increase in a chemical byproduct of tobacco in their blood compared with children who lived in detached family homes. And these were youngsters who lived in units where nobody smoked inside the apartment itself, meaning that the exposure was occurring primarily via secondhand smoke drifting in from other units.
Far be it from me to point this out to the professional conservative echo chamber, but this is a really good example of liberal do-gooder-ism/advocacy run amok in the media.
People don't need to be told whether they can smoke in their own homes or not. End of story.
Have the balls to make smoking illegal, or shut the fuck up.
I would protest making it illegal.
I'm all for making it illegal.
Also, I'm going to disagree with this, based on my understanding of the article. They are talking about people who lived in apartment units. That is a legitimate concern for people to get second hand smoke. The concern over ventilation spreading second hand smoke is a real thing that can happen--it is why restaurants are such sticklers for making sure that people don't smoke within 15 feet of their space.
Although, this reminds me of an argument I had with a neocon a few years back who said that second hand smoke was a myth, so what're ya gonna do.
I don't see the difference between an apartment and a house. In either one, I should be largely free to do as I please.
Is your "house" (and walls, and ventilation) sharing the same space with a neighbor who is raising a kid who isn't choosing to smoke?
By the same logic do you believe you should have the rights to play loud music at all hours of the night?
You're sharing physical space, compartmentalized with these people. It is that much easier to damage/pollute another living space when you're connected like that.
There's other solutions, and almost all of them better, to ventilation problems than BANNING smoking.
If smoking is so dangerous that you can't do it in the apartment NEXT to me then why isn't it illegal?
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