Let’s talk about the pending smoking ban in D.C. a little more, shall we?
Ultimately, everyone on either side of this latest polarizing issue is only looking out for their own self interest. The smokers don’t want the ban b/c they want to smoke wherever they feel like going. The non-smokers want the ban b/c they want the abject absence of smoke wherever they feel like going. It’s all about me, what I want, and fuck anyone who doesn’t agree with me.
Call it over-inflated self-importance or egregious self-entitlement (which it is), but around the D.C. Metro area—dare I say America as a whole?—it’s the norm.
The biggest problem here is that everyone is extrapolating their personal opinion/preference, and holding up the “welfare of our whole fucking society” as reason to be on their side. The smokers cry facism/liberty/rights, the nons cry health issues/odor/workplace saftey (as if this is an OSHA matter). There’s not a single person on either side that gives a fuck about the affect on society, ban or not.
Why? Because, ban or not, there’s not going to be an affect on society. Just the individual constituents who pussy-whine this way or that, depending on the outcome and how it fits/skews against their personal ideal. Or, condensed, bitching will effuse from only the inconvenienced. Big fucking deal.
Take A Side, Asshole! Okay, okay… but only after the jump.
First, I don’t give Shit One about the smoking ban in D.C. because I think everyone on both sides is wrong. But, for those of you who just can’t live without knowing which side I would “vote” for: I would vote against the ban. Why?
If you’re a smoker, and you come to my house, you will not be allowed to smoke inside. I smoke, but not inside. Got a problem with my smoking ban? Fuck off, it’s my place.
When there is an NHL season, there’s nothing like rounding up a few people, heading to the closest bar, sharing multiple beers, and smoking copious cigarettes while screaming at the lugs on the big-screen for passing shit or checking like girls. It’s a great time, and in this situation, having to go outside to smoke would suck… because you might miss that game-winning goal. Then again, you might miss it if you head to the pisser, too. So smoking inside that bar for that 3-hour stretch is a GoodThing.
Better than going to a bar is sitting a few rows behind the glass at the actual game. Guess what? You can’t smoke in any professional hockey arena in North America. Go take a leak, stand in beer line, or outside to smoke, and you might miss that goal. Yet, it’s a given, and people aren’t bitching about that smoking ban.
Case-by-case, situation-by-situation a proprietary smoking ban (or lack thereof) fits the circumstances appropriately, and people on either side of the argument are unlikely raise a stink over it. That’s why I’d vote against the ban: Let the owners of the buildings decide whether or not to allow smoking.
A vote against the ban still allows that to happen. A vote for the ban removes the owners’ right to decide what will or will not happen under the roof they pay those exorbitant property taxes to possess.