Friday, February 25, 2011

Thank You For Not Smoking

As I was listening to the radio on the way in to work, I heard that New York City will be banning smoking in 1,700 parks and 14 miles of city beaches - the City Council approved the smoking ban bill by a vote of 36 to 12.

Cities from Maine to California have already banned smoking in public beaches and parks. Smoking is banned in Chicago parks with playgrounds and in Los Angeles city parks.

Never having been a smoker, I don't understand the appeal but what I do understand are the statistics - study after study has shown us that smoking can kill. What doesn't make sense to me is how knowing this, people continue to smoke. Not only are they hurting themselves, they're also forcing those around them to suffer for their idiocy as well - imagine losing someone you love to smoking. It seems counter intuitive to do something that has been proven to take years off of your life but, I guess it's as the quote says, "sooner or later, everyone stops smoking," lets just hope that most stop sooner, rather than later.

~ Sasha

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