[FoRK] Smoking, etc.
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
> 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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