This woman, and the other so-called “smokers’ rights” advocates still don’t get it. At least for me, I don’t give a damn what they put in their lungs. I give a damn what they put in MY lungs.
So, yes, if they can’t take it upon themselves to do the polite thing show some consideration for those like myself who actually care about our health, then the state has a responsibility to proscribe their behavior.
Sorry Ms. Silk, I don’t want your stench in my face, and I think that when I go out in public places and any place licensed by the government, I have the expectation that I will not face a threat to my health from your behavior.
Your rights end where my nose begins.
From the New York Times
But for Ms. Silk, 46, a retired police officer and the founder of New York City Clash (Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment), a smokers’ rights group, it is not just about the money. It is about the message. In the state with the highest cigarette taxes in the country, in a city that has become one of the hardest places in America to find a place to smoke, Ms. Silk has gone off the grid, growing, processing and smoking her own tax-free cigarettes from packets of seeds she buys online for about $2. She expects to produce a total of 45 cartons after planting two crops — the first in the summer of 2009, the second last summer — and estimates that she will have saved more than $5,000.
“It’ll make the antismokers apoplectic,” said Ms. Silk. “they’re using the power of taxation to coerce behavior. that’s not what taxation is supposed to be for.”