February 14, 2005

Puff away!

Smokers who want to light up outdoors in San Francisco's parks and attractions are breaking the law. San Francisco supervisors have passed the nation's most comprehensive clamp down on smoking. No smoking in all city-owned parks, public plazas and sports facilities except golf courses.

People caught smoking in any of the places where the new law applies can be fined up to $100 on first offense, $200 for a second violation within the same year and $500 for each additional violation.

Of course, the dragon San Francisco wants to fend off is the absurd idea of secondhand smoke.

Science writer Michael Fumento has discussed how the threat of secondhand smoke has been greatly exaggerated. Claims that secondhand smoke causes as many as 65,000 early deaths in the U.S. each year have been debunked as “junk science.” Studies by the Congressional Research Service, World Health Organization, and U.S. Department of Energy all failed to find secondhand smoke to be a significant health risk. In 1998, a U.S. District Court ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to classify secondhand smoke as a known human carcinogen.

The entire myth of the dangers of second hand smoke has been propagated by tax-financed professional anti-smoking activists.

It's kind of like the myth of global warming. Have you read The State of Fear? A real eye opener about how these anti-/pro- activist organizations make things happen for their good but not for the good of all.

Yes, I smoke. If I were in SF, I'd be in trouble for sure. because I wouldn't let that law stop me.



  1. Hello Hen,

    I'm thinking we need to get you one of those 2nd Amendment bumper stickers, but with a twist.

    'You can have my tobacco when you pry it from my cold, nicotine-stained fingers.'

    That would be funny.

    I hear VT is cold this time of year. ;)

  2. Actually, I thought about using that as the title of this post. But then I remembered that I didn't renew my NRA membership because I resent the amount of money they spend on marketing materials.

    Ayup, it's cold up here. We had all green grass, looking like spring just yesterday afternoon. Took a nap. When I woke up it was snowing to the tune of 3 inches an hour. That will teach me to take naps. lol.



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