Archive for Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Smoke-free rally set for Wednesday

April 28, 2009


Kansas residents wanting a smoke-free state are encouraged to join a rally at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on the steps of the Capitol in Topeka.

The American Cancer Society is sponsoring the rally to encourage legislators to approve the Clean Indoor Air Act.

According to the American Cancer Society, 80 percent of Kansans do not smoke and should have the right to go out in public without being subjected to the harms of secondhand smoke.

“Approximately 400 people die annually in Kansas due to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. On average, a restaurant or bar worker inhales the equivalent of 17 cigarettes during an eight-hour shift. That is almost a pack a day habit,” said Cherri Dorsett, American Cancer Society volunteer, in a news release.

Residents who would like to let their legislator know that they support the Clean Indoor Air Act, are encouraged to visit the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s Web site at


SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years ago

For the record, I hate cigarette smoke. But please, Kansas, do not remove the rights of private businesses and their willing patrons.

If you don't like the smoke, don't eat/shop/work there. No one is forcing you; please don't force them.

Confrontation 9 years ago

Some people are just too stupid to understand the impact that second-hand smoke has on others. Feel free to smoke until your lungs are black and you are hooked up to a machine. However, keep your nasty habit to yourself and away from those with enough common sense to avoid cigarettes.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years ago


You've proven over time that you're not too dim-witted to recognize my intelligence, so I'll assume you realize that I "understand the impact that second-hand smoke has on others." However, you and I both know that intelligent people living in a free society have the right to not patronize businesses which allowing smoking. We also know that no one is forced, even by circumstances, to work in an establshment that allows smoking.

I will restate this - The goals of banning smoking in private businesses seem noble, but we live in a country which recognzies freedom and acknowledges personal responsibility. Please, do not remove a right just because you believe you know what's best for the rest of us.

Confrontation 9 years ago

It's not your right to be endangering the life of others. People who make stupid choices should be excluded from shared spaces where they pose a threat.

Kryptenx 9 years ago

Counter-rally, anyone? Bring your lawn chairs and plenty of tobacco, we'll smoke them out.

beatrice 9 years ago

STRS, it is about personal responsibility and freedom? Okay, then it is your personal responsibility to not infringe on the rights of others to freely breath air not filled with carcenagens.

People still have the right to smoke, just not in an area where it will potentially harm others. It is a reasonable limitation to a right, much like you can't smoke while pumping gas for the safety of others and just as you have the right to drink alcohol but you can't potenitally harm others by drinking and driving.

Now, if only you believed in personal responsibility and freedom when it came to gay marriage.

lawrenceishome 9 years ago

Set the record straight, I hope you are being sarcastic in your post :) If not, I just don't know where to begin...

Diamond1973 9 years ago

It's my freedom to smoke. I feel as a smoker that my rights are being violated. If they decieded to do this, then I want a ban of alcohol in any resturants that children can go in. Serving alcohol in resturants are showing children that it's okay to drink and drive. So if I'm going to be punish for my decisions then they should too!!!!!!!!!! For the people out there that don't know the facts, alcohol kills more a year then smoking. They don't count wreck,accidents, and auto deaths due to alcohol. Also, it is easier for teens to get alcohol then cigarettes. So open your eyes and shut your mouth before you know the facts. Also, as a smoker I pay taxes at state and federal levels more then you and those taxes are going for people who seat on their aes and don't do sh, also the taxes go to schools, roads, and any thing else they want it to go too.

beatrice 9 years ago

Diamond, your drinking alcohol won't make a child drunk, but your smoking could give that same child cancer. Your analogy is asinine.

While alcohol kills, it is either by unlawful use (drinking and driving) or poor personal decisions (not adhering to moderation). You have the right to drink, but not to drink and drive, even if you do pay taxes on your alcohol purchases. You have the right to smoke as well, just not where others are breathing the same air.

Pretty simple really -- you don't have the right to polute the air in indoor public places to satisfy your addiction, even if your drug of choice is legally obtained.

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