You will recall our discussion about Wolfville being the first in town in Canada to pass such a by-law. Well, now apparently everyone wants to play copy cat. Ontario and BC are both debating legislation similar to that passed by Nova Scotia.
Like I said before, I don't smoke. Nobody is allowed to smoke in our home. And, personally, I think those that smoke around kids are nuts, as in seriously need to have their head examined. Let's just say that I never ever thought that I would agree with anything a group like MyChoice.ca had to say.
A spokeswoman for MyChoice.ca, a group funded by the Canadian TobaccoManufacturers’ Council, said the ban is a slippery slope to making it illegal to smoke anywhere.I guess none of us should ever say never.
Because, really, next step has to be to ban smoking in people's own homes. And as dangerous as smoking is for your health and that of your own and other people's children, as long as tobacco is a legal substance ... what the hell are we doing? I said it before:
What's this world coming to? Indeed.
But its one thing to have rules in government buildings, even in 'public places', its another to take that very intrusive step into a person's private vehicle. If you can go into their vehicle, what's to stop you from going into their home?
But neither do I think that the government (at any level) should be able to intrude this far into people's personal lives ... or should I say 'personal spaces'. Unless the act of smoking itself is to be prohibited under the criminal law, the furthest I can justify is awarding custody to a non-smoking parent if the other refuses to stop smoking in the presence of an asthmatic child. Beyond that ...
Quote of the day:
"It’s about making Nova Scotia healthier and safer. We don’t want to make criminals out of mothers and fathers, but we want to make sure that children are healthy and safe."You might want to work on a better way of accomplishing that. I'm just saying...