LJWorld.com weblogs Anna Sobering
If the government can ban smoking, can they ban cheese fries too?
Obviously, people who smoke in public establishments also impose their smoke on others around them. Because of this, the risk of heart attack increases for those inhaling their second hand smoke.
But what about cheese fries? Don’t these deliciously fatty, salty, cholesterol increasing, heart clogging little wedges increase your risk for heart attack too?
I can argue that the urge to eat cheese fries is just as involuntary as inhaling a big waft of somebody else’s cigarette smoke.
I’m dining at restaurant X and the table next to me orders a plate of cheese fries. The aroma drifts over and I turn to see the steaming plate on their table. Aren’t I just as susceptible to this heart unfriendly influence as I am to second hand smoke? I have to order cheese fries. Fully loaded. It’s non-negotiable.
For years the public has been informed that both smoking and the inhalation of second hand smoke are public health issues. It has also come to our attention that eliminating second hand smoke through smoking bans could reduce the amount of heart attacks each year.
Does the government have the authority to ban something because of health risks and ignore other things that have the same effects?
The American Heart Association says tobacco smoke, obesity and alcohol all increase the risk of having heart disease.
As the popular smoking ban continues to expand, should we also prepare to say goodbye to vodka and cheese fries? I hope not.