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Non-smoker believes in choice, not control

As long as my actions are legal, my neighbors and our lawmakers have no right telling me what I can or cannot do in the privacy of my own home or business. Why does that statement change when we talk about smoking cigarettes?

As long as smoking cigarettes remains legal, the only person with the legal authority to say if you can smoke cigarettes in any building should be the building owner. Are people that want to ban smoking in privately owned buildings afraid of getting sick from secondhand smoke? No, because if they didn't want to be around second hand smoke, they would move or just get up and leave. The only reason people want to ban smoking in privately owned buildings is because they don't want to be inconvenienced.

I am not a smoker. Sitting in a restaurant next to someone who is smoking bothers me a lot. But I am smart enough and tolerant enough to realize that I made the choice to enter this establishment where smoking is legal and permitted. I also have the ability to stay and put up with this inconvenience or I can move or leave.

I am so sick of people that need either the government or lawyers to rescue them from every little inconvenience in life. Cigarette smoke stinks to non-smokers. Deal with it. But don't you dare think that you have the right to tell someone else what to do with their privately owned property. The next inconvenience that may become illegal is allowing screaming 2-year-olds to eat at McDonalds. I love little children, however, sitting next to a crying baby in a restaurant or in a movie theater can be very annoying. Should our City Council consider making it illegal? I don't think so!

Michael Owens

Bloomington

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