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What do you think about people, who smokes cigarettes at the bus station, or in another public place. Honestly, I do not like people who smoke cigarettes. When I go for a walk in the park to breath fresh air, and relax with nature, someone always will be smoking a cigarette, and it so irritates me. I think the government should create a cabin or another thing for  people who smoke. What do you think?
Apr 5, 2018 8:55 AM
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I don't smoke and don't drink alcohol at all.
But I wonder how easily we use words like "hate", "blame", "annoy" and so on, for others.
April 5, 2018
What Jerry wrote is also true for the country where I live in in Europe. Tobacco companies are big tax contributors and the government even takes taxes from cigarettes and alcohol to finance retirement.
April 5, 2018

I am in no way a proponent of smoking. But I think we all should worry about being enthusiastic supporters of a government regulating our personal lives.

Cigarettes are heavily taxed in the US { each state can set its own tax rate on cigs }. A small percentage of this money is to used to try and dissuade others from smoking. Let's face it, the legal industry and the government all want smoking and alcohol consumption to continue. It's a cash cow.

That's not cynicism. That's an empirical fact.

April 5, 2018

I do not smoke, but I remember the time (not so long ago) when people were smoking in the office. Then in most of the western countries it was forbidden. It was a great relief for non-smokers.Cigarette consumption went down in general, although the loss for big tobacco companies was compensated by changing of smoking habits among women and the conquest of new markets in emerging countries.

I do not think that prohibiting smoking in public places would be the right thing to do.

I do not like it if the government takes all the responsibility for regulating our everyday behavior. 

April 5, 2018
Smoking is extremely unhealthy (for the smoker), and personally, I think it’s disgusting. But come on, “hate” is a really strong word — how does it hurt you when someone is smoking outdoors?  If I’m at the bus stop and someone is smoking (unusual these days), usually they’ll stand downwind so as not to bother anyone. If they don’t and it really drives you crazy, you can ask them nicely, or simply go stand upwind from them. Frankly, in most large cities, you can hardly compare the smoke from a cigarette to the fumes from cars and buses anyhow.

In a park, there’s no need for you to get closer than a few meters to anyone, so if you see someone smoking and it really drives you crazy can simply avoid them. Asking the government to intervene and raise the price of their cigarettes or stick them in “smoking cabins” just seems really mean-spirited. It could also backfire when the government decides they’d like to tax or ban your favorite activities - like driving your favorite sports car, talking on the phone while in line, uploading pictures of your lunch to Facebook, or taking selfies in the public washroom or whatever. If people would simply live and let live, we’d all be a lot happier.
April 6, 2018
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