The passage of this bill is just another step to taking away individual rights and sets a precedence for legislation that singles out groups of citizens. Anyone who has read this bill and researched the background of how smoking bans came to fruition through the generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, its Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, other anti-tobacco coalitions, and state and federal agencies should be worried about who is driving our government decisions. The result is that such bills became no less than a "hate" bills towards tobacco users. And it appears that this is not enough as they will, no doubt, next pass a law allowing insurance companies to exclude coverage to smokers, unless additional insurance is purchased. So for those people who have ever smoked during their lifetime, beware! Yet comments by some of our "lawmakers" suggest that punishing tobacco users with higher taxes and punitive laws is "for their own good," and the people around them. (Except when it comes to smoking in state-owned casinos.) This puts me in mind of something C.S. Lewis wrote:
"Of all tyrannies, a tyrany exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satisfied; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
So who is next?