[FoRK] Smoking, etc.

Joe Barrera joe at barrera.org
Tue Apr 12 18:38:23 PDT 2005

I do hope you notice my use of the word "toxic".

Stephen D. Williams wrote:

> The point here is physical harm offensiveness vs. offensiveness.  Back 
> in the 50s it was merely offensive for someone to smoke in the 
> office.  Then, very slowly, we realized why everyone was dropping dead 
> at 50 and it was recognized as actual physical injury.
> The US, and many societies, have drawn a strong distinction between 
> physical and non-physical annoyance.  Unless you can argue 
> convincingly that second hand smoke has no physical consequences at 
> all, it's an intrusion that is really out of bounds.  A similar but 
> more gray area concerns the hypersensitive and perfumes.  A much less 
> gray area, nonetheless raised in debate, is psychosomatic physical 
> consequences.  At that level, people have an internal issue much more 
> than an external one and you can't really fault the stimulus in most 
> cases.
> sdw
> Joe Barrera wrote:
>> Cigarettes smell like ass but are more toxic.
>> If the majority doesn't want to smell toxic ass,
>> why shouldn't it have its say?
>> I don't see what that has to do with any "nanny state".
>> - Joe
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