However, Councilwoman Gale Brewer, the bill's prime sponsor, said the ban isn't intended to be a legally "punitive program." She said the city expects the law will be primarily self-enforced, with residents warning anyone who lights a cigarette in a park or on a beach that it's illegal. Police won't be responsible for enforcing it, she said.
...and how pleasurable childhood asthma is!
As for me, I live in the Tenderloin of San Francisco. Not trendy. Not fancy. But it's (comparatively) affordable, and the kind of work I do is around here.
"Smoke-free laws that completely ban smoking in indoor workplaces and public places are needed to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke."
"I would like to draw your attention to several new conclusions that I have reached due to overwhelming scientific evidence.
* Secondhand smoke exposure causes heart disease and lung cancer in adults and sudden infant death syndrome and respiratory problems in children.
* There is NO risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure, with even brief exposure adversely affecting the cardiovascular and respiratory system."
I take offense at the suggestion that the scientifically-established facts are 'alarmist'
But somehow, we're supposed to believe that concentrated levels of smoke outside of buildings aren't capable of triggering the same problems, despite thousands of hospital admissions that argue otherwise?
For most people who suffer from an environmentally-caused breathing problem, showing the exact cause of their ailment is difficult...
So, let's see how this ban works... I suspect we'll find out in a few years that it's saved lives and reduced hospital visits.
But clearly there *IS* a very real risk that even outdoor smoking can cause childhood asthma...
The fact is, I don't see you denying the potentially serious risk of outdoor secondhand smoke to those nearby... you know there's a risk.
Y'know, I hear about stupid laws like this and I think they're stupid, but then I listen to smokers go on and on about how their very rights as human beings are being trampled on by whiny nonsmokers who dare ask...
If your average smoker had a little more respect for other people...
There should never be a need for a non-smoker to accommodate a smoker's need to smoke.
Do random strangers, when they see you smoking in the street, tell you to quit, or that smoking is bad for you?
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