November 05, 2010

Joplin Mo Smoking Ban

Joplin council to revisit smoking ban » Local News » The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO By Debby Woodin Globe Staff Writer The Joplin Globe

JOPLIN, Mo. — More work will be done today by the Joplin City Council in considering whether a public smoking ban will be imposed and, if so, how wide-ranging it will be.
…The council last Monday rejected the measure after hearing two hours of testimony.
Proposed by a local coalition called Smoke-Free Joplin, the original ordinance would prohibit smoking in any public place or workplace, including outdoor restaurant or bar patios. It also would bar smoking within 20 feet of a door.

What I want to know is why do these anti-smoking crusaders hate kids?  Didn’t we just raise taxes on cigarettes to help fund education?  If so, discouraging smoking will lower education funding and cause illiteracy and drop out rates to run out of control, right?

If you love children, you should encourage people to smoke, by that logic, not discourage it.

Do it for the children…

This is all anti-capitalist.  If you are offended by the smoking of a cigarette in an establishment you no one forces you to go there.  Stay home, or get your order to go.  For those who talk about the perils of being employed in an establishment that allows smoking, Missouri is a right to work state, meaning no one forces you to work for that establishment or as a cook or waitstaff either.  If as a business owner your business suffers from offering a smoking section, it should be up to you whether or not you make a decision to change that fact, and everyone else can vote with their patronage.

This is all about restaurants.  Many in Joplin are already all no-smoking.  Others still ahve a smoking section.  No one smokes in stores or gas stations. There is simply no reason to have another senseless rule that someone will have to enforce

...besides our children’s futures are counting on Cigarette sales…


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