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    Smoking ban leads to major drop in heart attacks

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    A smoking ban in one Colorado city led to a dramatic drop in heart attack hospitalizations within three years, a sign of just how serious a health threat secondhand smoke is, government researchers said Wednesday. The study, the longest-running of its kind, showed the rate of hospitalized cases dropped 41 percent in the three years after the ban of workplace smoking in Pueblo, Colo., took effect. There was no such drop in two neighboring areas, and researchers believe it's a clear sign the ban was responsible.

    The study suggests that secondhand smoke may be a terrible and under-recognized cause of heart attack deaths in this country, said one of its authors, Terry Pechacek of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    Of course, I have been called an anti-smoking Nazi or other such things, but I will not tolerate those who will force their poison on me.

    No one should be allowed to smoke in public places, or in places where children are forced to be (ie schools, homes with children or cars with children as passengers.)

    Taiwan is nine days away from relatively strict anti-smoking laws coming into effect. I, for one, am going to celebrate January 11, 2009 as a day of liberation from smokers who have no regard for the rights or health of non-smokers.
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    Re: Smoking ban leads to major drop in heart attacks

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    Of course, I have been called an anti-smoking Nazi or other such things, but I will not tolerate those who will force their poison on me.

    No one should be allowed to smoke in public places, or in places where children are forced to be (ie schools, homes with children or cars with children as passengers.)

    Taiwan is nine days away from relatively strict anti-smoking laws coming into effect. I, for one, am going to celebrate January 11, 2009 as a day of liberation from smokers who have no regard for the rights or health of non-smokers.
    This is fantastic news! I'll be your Mrs. anti-smoking Nazi, ludahai!

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    Re: Smoking ban leads to major drop in heart attacks

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    This is fantastic news! I'll be your Mrs. anti-smoking Nazi, ludahai!
    Don't tell my equally anti-smoking Nazi wife.
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    Re: Smoking ban leads to major drop in heart attacks

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    Of course, I have been called an anti-smoking Nazi or other such things, but I will not tolerate those who will force their poison on me.

    No one should be allowed to smoke in public places, or in places where children are forced to be (ie schools, homes with children or cars with children as passengers.)

    Taiwan is nine days away from relatively strict anti-smoking laws coming into effect. I, for one, am going to celebrate January 11, 2009 as a day of liberation from smokers who have no regard for the rights or health of non-smokers.
    Good. Its not so much that people are harming themselves when they smoke, but they are harming everyone else around them. Everyone has a right to a certain "space" where no foul-smelling, heart-clogging, tobacco smoke can enter and choke the breath out of them.

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    Re: Smoking ban leads to major drop in heart attacks

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkWizard12 View Post
    Good. Its not so much that people are harming themselves when they smoke, but they are harming everyone else around them. Everyone has a right to a certain "space" where no foul-smelling, heart-clogging, tobacco smoke can enter and choke the breath out of them.
    Just waiting for those who defend the forcing of poison on others to show up in this thread.
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    Re: Smoking ban leads to major drop in heart attacks

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Just waiting for those who defend the forcing of poison on others to show up in this thread.
    I know. This thread is totally boring when all we're doing is agreeing with each other.

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    Re: Smoking ban leads to major drop in heart attacks

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Just waiting for those who defend the forcing of poison on others to show up in this thread.
    I can't think of a single place where this happens. Having said that, I do have a problem with the government telling businesses what they can and cannot do when it comes to the public's choice though.

    I smoked for 20 years (I quit 2 days ago). I've seen businesses go under because of smoking bans. I've seen people lose their jobs because a business went under due to a smoking ban. If one person loses their job or their business because of a smoking ban, it's one too many. By supporting these smoking bans, you are also supporting nanny-ism. The left is guilty of it and so is the right. In either case, they are 110% wrong.

    I work in a casino where people are allowed to smoke. The employees choose to work in that environment and the guests choose to enter an environment. No one is having second hand smoke forced on them, it's a choice that they make. Any argument stating anything to the contrary would be a losing one.

    If I choose to go to a bar and have a drink after work, I'm making a choice to enter a smoking environment. Nothing is being forced on me because I don't have to go to the bar. I could simply go home, have a beer (or four since I'm already at home) and not be exposed to second hand smoke. Once again, it's a choice that I make. When the government starts mandating smoking bans, they are taking the rights of individuals and business owners away from them. It's no longer an issue of public safety and more an issue of freedoms being stripped.

    And if anyone is going to respond to my post, please provide an example of second hand smoke being forced on someone. But since you can't because one does not exist, I don't expect any responses at the same time.
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    Re: Smoking ban leads to major drop in heart attacks

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Just waiting for those who defend the forcing of poison on others to show up in this thread.
    Just waiting for those who defend the government forcing people who are smoking a legal substance to only smoke where they say it's okay to smoke it to show up in this thread. Oh wait, you freedom haters are already here.

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    Re: Smoking ban leads to major drop in heart attacks

    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    Just waiting for those who defend the government forcing people who are smoking a legal substance to only smoke where they say it's okay to smoke it to show up in this thread. Oh wait, you freedom haters are already here.

    I resemble the remark, and am proud of it. Keep up fhe smoking bans, I say.

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    Re: Smoking ban leads to major drop in heart attacks

    Of course, I have been called an anti-smoking Nazi or other such things, but I will not tolerate those who will force their poison on me.
    There is no evidence that second hand smoke is dangerous.

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