A recent letter to the Empire mentioned smokers' rights as a rationale not to pass the Smoking Ordinance now in front of the City Assembly. I'd like to point out to the letter writer and the public that a smoker not only smokes for him or herself, he or she also allows smoke to drift from the end of the cigarette. That smoke travels long distances and the remnants cling to all kinds of surfaces. For people who have chosen not to smoke, the fouling of the air contradicts a choice they have made. For some of us, smoke makes us sick, triggering asthma attacks and leaving us gasping for air. Do smokers have the right to make the rest of us sick when we visit or work in a public place? I think not.
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