Smoke-free air is what's healthy

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, February 20, 2004

In his diatribe, "Be Responsible: Don't let clear air advocates speak for you," smoker William Tuss makes it clear that he either doesn't understand and/or doesn't care about protecting everyone's right to smoke-free air. No, there should be no compromise when it comes to keeping carcinogenic and poisonous tobacco smoke out of every public place and workplace - indoors and out. Currently, ambient tobacco smoke kills 65,000 innocent Americans every year. This genocide must be stopped, whether Tuss likes it or not.

True, if everyone were "responsible" and respectful of others, we wouldn't need laws - for smoke-free air or anything else. But unfortunately that isn't reality. Given that the prime directive of good government is to protect the health, safety and welfare of all of the people, prohibiting lethal tobacco smoke from injuring and killing people should be job number one.

Smoke-free air is good for people and for establishments. Only the tobacco people and their "friends" continue to dispute the facts.

Dave Johnson

Arlington, Texas

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