I'm tired of hearing about the smoker's rights. Does a smoker have a right to smoke? Absolutely. Does a non-smoker have a right not to smoke. Absolutely. It is, however, impossible for both person's rights to be respected in a confined area. The second that smoker imposes his/her smoke into my lungs and onto my clothes, my rights have been violated.
I have respiratory issues. Anytime I come into contact with cigarette smoke, I am affected.
To suggest I avoid all places that allow smoking is ludicrous. I really enjoy walking into a restaurant for carry-out, then walking out short of breath and smelling like an ashtray.
I chose not to smoke. That is my right. I would prefer people not share their smoke with me.
Do 25 percent of citizens have the right to pollute the air for everyone? I don't think so. Want a cigarette? Certainly, but please step outside. I hope the City Council does the right thing and bans all indoor smoking. James C. Miller