Once upon a time you could do it in restaurants, movie theatres, taxi cabs, and even in classrooms. Doctors prescribed certain brands as a cure all, and Hollywood would have you believe that all the cool kids are doing it. In case you haven’t figured it out, I’m referring to darts, death sticks, smokes…cigarettes. Nearly ten years ago, the City of Kingston banned smoking in most work places and public areas, from bingo halls to laundromats, arenas to elevators, public washrooms to food courts, while smokers were villanized and cast into the shadows. Recently, cities across Ontario have been making headlines as they move to take anti-smoking bylaws one step further. Accordingly, this week’s poll asks:
Where should Kingston's anti-smoking bylaws be expanded?
- All of the above. (47%, 64 Votes)
- None of the above. (26%, 36 Votes)
- Outside of buildings (14%, 19 Votes)
- Parks and beaches (8%, 11 Votes)
- Sidewalks and bus stops. (4%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 136
Before I go any further, I want to come clean and admit that I’ve smoked a cigarette or two, but I’ve been clean for years. I feel as though my experience gives me the ability to see anti-smoking bylaws from both sides of the fence. Banning smoking on sidewalks and in parks seems excessive, but the again we’ve all passed that inconsiderate person on the street blowing stinky smoke in everyone’s direction. We can’t ban things just because of a few idiots, but should we embrace another anti-smoking measure in the name of health promotion, social responsibility and perhaps even sustainability? As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on this important issue. Please drop off a comment or two. As an added incentive, this week we’ll be sending out one of our awesomely attractive, impossible to get anywhere else Kingstonist tees to the person responsible for our favorite/most thought provoking comment.
Special thanks to Mel Rowling for today’s photo.