Foes of smoking ban frame debate as matter of choice

Oct 15, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Argus Leader

Two groups opposed to a statewide smoking ban in South Dakota said Thursday that the ballot issue voters will decide in November isn't about health and smoking, it's about freedom and choices.

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Clark

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This was what I originally thought, until I spent more than five minutes thinking about the issue. This isn't about the patrons, this is about the employees. As a society we have decided that jobs should be as safe as possible. We don't say that since people decide to be miners we shouldn't make sure that mines have the best support structure, ventilation, and other features to make it as safe as possible. Saying that the people who work in bars and resturaunts chose the risk and therefore don't deserve a safe working environment is no different then saying that we should get rid of saftey features in mines and just let the employees deal with it. This isn't about anyone that doesn't want to deal with smoke when they go to a bar, this is about making the safest work environments for employees across the state.
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Clark wrote:
This was what I originally thought, until I spent more than five minutes thinking about the issue. This isn't about the patrons, this is about the employees. As a society we have decided that jobs should be as safe as possible. We don't say that since people decide to be miners we shouldn't make sure that mines have the best support structure, ventilation, and other features to make it as safe as possible. Saying that the people who work in bars and resturaunts chose the risk and therefore don't deserve a safe working environment is no different then saying that we should get rid of saftey features in mines and just let the employees deal with it. This isn't about anyone that doesn't want to deal with smoke when they go to a bar, this is about making the safest work environments for employees across the state.
Again, you're ignoring the bill of rights and constitution. We are guaranteed 'the PURSUIT of happiness', not 'insta-happyness'. No one puts a gun to anyones head to work somewhere.
UR Flawed Claude

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LibertarianForFreedom wrote:
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Again, you're ignoring the bill of rights and constitution. We are guaranteed 'the PURSUIT of happiness', not 'insta-happyness'. No one puts a gun to anyones head to work somewhere.
Pursuit of happiness, eh? In this context that means you are free to look around for someplace where it is LEGAL to indulge in your harmful little addiction. When that set of options no longer includes bars, casinos, or video lottery parlors, you are STILL being permitted to pursue happiness.

Seeking to keep smoking out of those places qualifies as pursuit of happiness for me and mine. Why are you talking as if we lacked that right?
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

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Oct 19, 2010
 
South Dakota has one of the most restrictive preemption clauses the tobacco industry managed to saddle any state with. In order to prevent cities or counties from passing public health regulations as needed to protect THEIR communities from SHS, the industry lobbied for that power to be kept to the state(s).

In SD, even WITH a clause so strict that a school district had to turn to the state in order to add protection for their students and staff, the law that is on the ballot for next month was PASSED by the legislature and SIGNED by the governor.

So, the tobacco industry--through its catspaws in the hospitality industry--pushed through a petition process that delayed enactment of the law for a year and a half by putting it into a ballot measure.

Delaying for a year was good for the bottom line of the companies, which is all they care about. They got to siphon off more gross profits from the pockets of their addicted clientele.

It was good for the bars, casinos, etc. if and only if they used the extra time to prepare for the inevitable passage of the law by the general population.

It certainly was not good for the state of South Dakota, since the state had to lay out funds for a protracted court case regarding validation of signatures on the petitions as well as for the election process.

It wasn't good for the patrons of the affected establishments, as all of them had to deal with the effects of SHS for another year and a half.

But, then, the tobacco company is the only entity that matters, right?
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UR Flawed Claude wrote:
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Pursuit of happiness, eh? In this context that means you are free to look around for someplace where it is LEGAL to indulge in your harmful little addiction. When that set of options no longer includes bars, casinos, or video lottery parlors, you are STILL being permitted to pursue happiness.
Seeking to keep smoking out of those places qualifies as pursuit of happiness for me and mine. Why are you talking as if we lacked that right?
You surely are flawed. The facts do not back you up.
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Its Me Linda the Fat Hag

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<quoted text>You surely are flawed. The facts do not back you up.
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Its Me Linda the Fat Hag

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Oct 19, 2010
 
Free_america wrote:
<quoted text>You surely are flawed. The facts do not back you up.
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Also, you have no facts. Just youtube spam. Get a life buddy - what a lame and selfish issue you are devoting your life's work to. Do something productive.
wondering

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Oct 30, 2010
 
If you want to smoke you can go to the new casino being built near Sioux Falls or to any of the casinos on the reservation. I wonder how our state will pay for the manpower it will take to patrol all the little bars in the many little towns in our state. Will they have a test to see if you smoked a cigarete or how will they know who to arrest? Just wondering.
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Oct 31, 2010
 
Always keep this in mind. For the most part, Drunks, Degenerates and Riff-raff type people are all people who smoke. 0>:-]

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