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(4-4-08) Is there a war on smokers?

Is there a war on smokers?

  • DC, Lexington
    I hope there is a war on smokers. It is about time to do something about smoking around those that don't. Smokers have a problem realizing that their right to smoke does not and should not give them the right to infringe upon my right not to smoke. They should be banned from smoking in cars that have children in them. What about their rights?
  • TA, Wedgefield
    I'm a smoker and i do have respect for non-smokers. However i enjoy a cig after a good meal or a few drinks, so if everything goes non smoking and the cost goes up i will dine at home and have social gatherings at my house(if enough people do that businesses will suffer). There are so many other issues that need more attention than smoking in public. Look at the violence everywhere, drugs, std's, school systems, & crooked people in high places. As far as the taxes funding medicaid - i wouldn't have a problem with that if our medicaid program was here to help the people who truly need medicaid,are legal citizens of the USA, and can't afford family insurance thru their employer.
  • RM, Sumter
    It sure makes us smokers feel like we are targeted. We smoke, we aren't drinking and driving. Thats who they should target for more taxes, the alcohol!!!
  • RM, Sumter
    It sure makes us smokers feel like we are targeted. We smoke, we aren't drinking and driving. Thats who they should target for more taxes, the alcohol!!!
  • rf, west columbia
    the senators and the reps should take the tax off gasoline and put it on cigarettes and alcohol--gas is needed alot more,also people dont want to walk around smelling bad--well they should smell them self-if they did-they would never smoke again
  • AG, Irmo
    There needs to be a war on smokers. The right to freedom should not include the right to place me or my children in harms way when someone decides to light up. Through my work, I have seen first hand the devastation caused by tobacco to individuals and families. While more than one-in-three cancer deaths is related to tobacco, it remains virtually exempt from patient, public health, and consumer protections under federal law. SC is one the states with the lowest tax on cigarettes. It saddens me to see children being subjected to second hand smoke while in a car or sitting beside a family member in a restaurant. What we need is education about the immediate and long term side effects of smoking. Then, if one still feels inclined to smoke, they can do it alone.
  • RC, Columbia
    I certainly hope so. I believe that smokers have the right to smoke all they want. But I also have the right to breathe non-smoke filled air. It is very irritating to try to walk into my office building after smokers have stood right outside the door. Ten feet away is the smoking area. They're smoking and talking while I'm choking and gagging. For years non-smokers just held their breaths and tongues, but it is time to stand up for our rights too. I don't care if they smoke in their home or their car, but nowhere else please.
  • jg, Columbia
    I'm far more concerned about Big Oil's and OPEC's "War on Drivers."
  • KB, Lexington
    I used to think people were unfair to smokers, but I have changed my mind. I think it is rude of smokers to light up in an area where there are non-smokers. They have to know that the smoke is an irritant to non-smokers, and why, other than selfishness, would they want to irritate people. Non-smokers should not have to be forced to endure their bad habit when they can simply step outside for a few minutes.
  • RS, Columbia
    I wouldn't say there is a "war" against smokers, rather an effort to set parameters of where they can smoke. Perhaps smokers could band together and create "Smoking Clubs" where they can all gather in a building and smoke. Smoking is offensive and one of the biggest contributers to and preventable cause of diseases. Smoking costs SC businesses and State Government hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity and medical costs. Its about time government took steps to protect the general public from others' nasty habits.
  • CG, Columbia
    I am a smoker and have been for about 13 years. I have no problem with restarants and other establishments becoming non-smoking. I just ask that the "perfect, self rightous non-smokers" in this city keep their rude comments and deathly looks to themselves when they walk past me as I stand outside in the cold, heat, rain or snow to smoke my cigarette. I don't mind letting you have your clean air inside if I can at least enjoy the street corner to smoke my cigarette. Where I work we are required to remove ourselves from the property to smoke and are not allowed to smoke in our cars in the parking lot. I just figure I get a lot more exercise to go smoke my cigarette while the non-smoker sits inside and withers away from not getting any fresh air or exercise. It is a war but one that I am afraid will never be won. But if cigarettes are so offensive and kills can we please raise the taxes on alcohol as well? I would rather sit by a chain smoker in a restaraunt than drive on our highways with a drunk!!
  • CS, Chapin
    Smokers should be allowed to enjoy their habit,smoke hard, take that rank smoke in your mouth , inhale it down your throat all the way into your lungs...but please stop there and do not bring it back up and blow in to my face ..just please keep it in your lungs!!!
  • PD,
    Yes,they are attacking us smokers.I feel like a second class citizen.I am sent out in the cold or in the heat,I get dirty looks.I have had people come up to me at work or in the store who smell like they have taken a bath in strong perfume that makes me sick but I cant tell them to go outside.I know people are worried about getting cancer because of smoking or second-hand smoke,but if you watch the news or read articles these days what you eat and drink is causing cancer also.
  • MP, Irmo
    Your right to smoke infringes upon my right, and my son's right, to be healthy. Do what you want in the privacy of your own home, but leave it at home. I cannot stand walking by someone standing in front of the door of a store or restaurant that I am visiting with my young, asthmatic son and having to inhale your smoke.
  • jR, newberry
    You're beating that poor horse to death! Give it a rest as there are issues of crime, alcohol related deaths, cell phone accidents, immigration that MUST be dealt with. Make these issues top priority!
  • JV, Columbia
    If you want to call it war, it's ok with me. Point is, the current times lend themselves to the idea that smoking is bad and science backs up this claim. Americans cannot be happier to know that they can now go out to dinner with their family and not have to choke on second-hand smoke. Raise the taxes, ban them indoors and maybe,just maybe, some more people will decide this nasty habit is not worth it anymore.
  • aw, Lexington
    I am a non-smoker and I really wish they will leave smokers alone. They need to focus more on the alcoholics and drinkers. This is the one group that really destroys lives and families. People who choose to drink and drive kills innocent people, drinking destroys families and marriages (mine was one of them). Alcohol is our worst enemy than a smoker will ever be. Why don't they do something about that? I believe that a good many of our elected officials are alcoholics and that is why they don't want to touch this issue.
  • BS, West Columbia
    Yes, and I'm one of the soldiers!! When somebody does something that not only affects their health but the health of others around them then I'm for getting rid of it. Why can't this go statewide? I have been to other states even as far as out west and the states that ban smoking in public places it doesn't appear to hurt business at all. Not too long ago my husband and I drove to Georgia to a Waffle House where smoking is banned there and that place was so busy you had to wait on a table. It didn't hurt their business and the food was delicious cause you weren't subjected to the stench of that smoke. I'm so accustomed to asking for the "non-smoking" section and when a restaurant employee says its a statewide ordinance to ban smoking in public places I say "Great", and that I wish South Carolina would do that. Come on legislators - get to work and ban it statewide.
  • AR, Kennard
    I think we smokers should file a law suit against the non-smokers for perventing us from enjoying our right to smoke. I agree that they should not have to breathe our smoke, but, that does not give them the right to stop us from smoking. Restuarants should have non-smoking areas as well as smoking areas. Smokers unite! We can beat this thing!
  • SJ, Columbia
    Although, I am a smoker myself I think that everyone want to excerise their right to live the healthest life possible and thats not an attack on smokers.
  • JP, Columbia
    I really hope so. Smokers are rude, inconsiderate and arrogant in spreading their horrible, deadly stench in everyones face.
  • fr, florence
    The war on peoples right to smoke is remminisent of peoples right to choose seat belts, what will be next: food or religion
  • LR, Lugoff
    I think there is a war on smokers, but as a former smoker, I think it is justified. If you want to smoke, than have the respect for thaose that don't. As for stopping smoking in bars, it will hurt the business of bar owners, because somking comes with drinking. I myself as a former smoker of 2 years perfer not to be around it. The bar owner or resturant should have a choice of that
  • jd, columbia
    yes, what happened in this country to personal freedom, to professional freedom, as a customer, and as a business owner shouldn't it be my right to decide on what is allowed on my premises. smokeing is legal!!
  • BP, camden
    yes,i dont care if they raise it to $100 a pack as long as they do the same to beer
  • DT, West Columbia
    To say there is “a war on smokers” is hyperbole. Smoking has always been discouraged among adolescents, but once they became adults there was a time when smoking was actually fashionable. Even after the health consequences of smoking were widely known it remained socially acceptable until the last decade or so. Now it has fallen out of favor. And since the powerful and influential people in society no longer smoke it has become easier to enact smoking bans and other sanctions against smokers. But I would call these expressions of social disapproval, not war. It would only rise to that point if tobacco were deemed to be a controlled substance, as is marijuana
  • BR, Lexington
    Jeesh!! Gave us our beer/wine on Sundays, now their making it harder and more expensive for the smokers. Can't win either way, can we?
  • jR, newberry
    You're beating that poor horse to death! Give it a rest as there are issues of crime, alcohol related deaths, cell phone accidents, immigration that MUST be dealt with. Make these issues top priority
  • JV, Columbia
    If you want to call it war, it's ok with me. Point is, the current times lend themselves to the idea that smoking is bad and science backs up this claim. Americans cannot be happier to know that they can now go out to dinner with their family and not have to choke on second-hand smoke. Raise the taxes, ban them indoors and maybe,just maybe, some more people will decide this nasty habit is not worth it anymore
  • aw, Lexington
    I am a non-smoker and I really wish they will leave smokers alone. They need to focus more on the alcoholics and drinkers. This is the one group that really destroys lives and families. People who choose to drink and drive kills innocent people, drinking destroys families and marriages (mine was one of them). Alcohol is our worst enemy than a smoker will ever be. Why donâ€TMt they do something about that? I believe that a good many of our elected officials are alcoholics and that is why they donâ€TMt want to touch this issue.
  • BS, West Columbia
    Yes, and I'm one of the soldiers!! When somebody does something that not only affects their health but the health of others around them then I'm for getting rid of it. Why can't this go statewide? I have been to other states even as far as out west and the states that ban smoking in public places it doesn't appear to hurt business at all. Not too long ago my husband and I drove to Georgia to a Waffle House where smoking is banned there and that place was so busy you had to wait on a table. It didn't hurt their business and the food was delicious cause you weren't subjected to the stench of that smoke. I'm so accustomed to asking for the "non-smoking" section and when a restaurant employee says its a statewide ordinance to ban smoking in public places I say "Great", and that I wish South Carolina would do that. Come on legislators - get to work and ban it statewide.
  • AR, Kennard
    I think we smokers should file a law suit against the non-smokers for perventing us from enjoying our right to smoke. I agree that they should not have to breathe our smoke, but, that does not give them the right to stop us from smoking. Restuarants should have non-smoking areas as well as smoking areas. Smokers unite! We can beat this thing
  • SJ, Columbia
    Although, I am a smoker myself I think that everyone want to excerise their right to live the healthest life possible and thats not an attack on smokers
  • JP, Columbia
    I really hope so. Smokers are rude, inconsiderate and arrogant in spreading their horrible, deadly stench in everyones face.
  • SN, Sumter
    Yes. There is a war on smokers. Granted, smoking isn't good but it's a lot less harmful than drinking. If government wants to raise taxes on cigarettes to help pay for certain of its programs, I think raising taxes on alcohol is a much better plan. I haven't heard of DUI accidents from cigarette smoking. However, there's way too many car accidents & vehicular homicides from alcohol. Smoking can kill the smoker, but drinking not only can kill the drinker, but other people too. Unfortunately, drinking kills a lot of innocent people. If government wants to get more money from people with unfortunate addictions, then I say get it from alcohol users. They're much more dangerous to the population. It's time to leave smokers alone, & raise taxes on alcohol if government wants to increase its revenue
  • mb, columbia
    As a reformed smoker, I can say with experience that there is no war. Smokers will eliminate themselves over time, but they need not destroy others in order to terminate theirselves. I smoked 2 packs per day for 15 years and quit, so anyone can if they want to bad enough. Second hand smoke is dangerous to others and can make it impossible to eat out, etc if the resturant allows smoking and you have asthma or another breathing disorder. Having visited other cities in CA, GA and KY that don't allow smoking,I saw no decrease in bar patrons because they couldn't smoke inside the bar. A smoking ban would be great in public places in SC!
  • jp, hartsville
    i don;t think they need to keep going on about smoking. yes i know smoking is bad, but there is people who have been smoking for years and can;t really stop, we don;t smoke in are around hospitals so give us a little breck, as long as you can be respectful and not smoke around people who don;t smoke i feel like its our right to do with our bodies what we want, theres a lot more dangerous drugs out there that are killing people. by the way i don;t smoke in my home i smoke outside.
  • jp, hartsville
    i don;t think they need to keep going on about smoking. yes i know smoking is bad, but there is people who have been smoking for years and can;t really stop, we don;t smoke in are around hospitals so give us a little breck, as long as you can be respectful and not smoke around people who don;t smoke i feel like its our right to do with our bodies what we want, theres a lot more dangerous drugs out there that are killing people. by the way i don;t smoke in my home i smoke outside.
  • D , Columbia
    Absolutely, and rightly so. Smoking is a disgusting & horrible habit that puts not only the smokers' health at risk, but obviously also those around one who smokes. It's irresponsible and immoral for us as a society not to try & put this disgusting and risky habit into distinction for good. It's fantastic that all inside establishments are going smoke free and taxes being raised on cigarettes, just because some people may be stupid enough to put their own health at risk, shouldn't mean that I have to sacrifice my good health for your ridiculous habit by having to endure second hand smoke. Keep me out of your irresponsible and self destructing decision.
  • KD, West Columbia
    Yes! It is PC to to impose a "bias tax" on smokers. Cigarettes like Alcohol are LEGAL indulgences. Why should only one be taxed unfairly? Put a tax on BOTH or none.
  • JA, Newberry
    There is absolutly a war on smokers! These new programs that are being created with the tax increase, how will they be funded once the smoking is decreased? Will the programs stop or will we be taxed in another way? I should think most people know the answer to that. Also, since Mayor "Bob" wants to be everyone's parent instead of stopping just smoking in bars maybe he should stop the consumtion of alcohol as well. History tells us how well that works!!
  • LN, Sumter
    I am not sure that it is as much a war on smokers as it is people just standing up for fresh air.It's no different than if I took a can of offensive air freshner into a room and kept spraying it because I liked the way it smelled. The smokers would most likely ask me to stop. I simply don't like knowing how much air I am re-breathing. I think they should be able to smoke as much as they want, but at home.
  • JH, Elgin, SC
    HOORAY! I am in total agreement that you should not be able to smoke indoors in any public facilities.
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