Here comes the tobacco Gestapo
and it’s time to return to a common sense agenda like moving the garbage collection to front yard pickup.
Really are we seriously going to dedicate policing resources to this? I can just see the logic of taking officers away from fighting real crime to chase down some poor guy smoking a cigarette. But then again this is Moose Jaw.
For those who can’t remember years ago Moose Jaw was Ground Zero for anti-smoking lobbyists and special interests as the community was split by a referendum stamping out the ability to smoke in certain public places.
Well after years of peace they’re back or as the smokers tell me here comes the totalitarians running over their “rights” with a Tiger tank once again. We have the special interests targeting the Friendly City once again in really what many will tell you is a faux issue.
This time around it’s not all about second hand smoke, but rather the health district’s war cry that smoking kills. It’s a war cry targeting smokers themselves. It’s crossing the line from protecting innocent non-smokers to dictate morality to smokers. And really is it the place of council to be in the morality business?
Certainly tobacco smoking kills because of the toxins given off by the burning of tobacco. Things like smoking a marijuana joint also gives off some of the same toxins but quite noticeably is not part of the upcoming debate. I have to ask myself why?
With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set to legalize recreational marijuana shouldn’t the Friendly City not get ahead of the issue and restrict where a person can smoke a joint? Should people have to have their leisurely stroll out in Crescent Park disrupted by a waft of second hand marijuana smoke? I think not.
Sure there will be those out there that say well marijuana is a Provincial issue and not for the City to take a stand on, but that is what was said about cigarette smoking. But Moose Jaw still progressively passed it’s still on the books anti-smoking bylaw to protect the rights of non-smokers anyhow. Provincial anti-smoking legislation only came later.
If it’s all about health let’s tackle the Wacky Tobacky as well. There’s evidence out there to support doing it. Such as stated by Dame Helena Shovelton of the British Lung Foundation “People are under the illusion it is safe to smoke cannabis. Our report shows it is very dangerous to lung health, at least as dangerous as tobacco.”
Why simply target tobacco smokers and people who vape? Is Council effectively turning these two groups into even greater social pariahs? Sad thing is cigarette smokers are easy targets.
I’m sure there’s a few people out there that would love to see someone hung just for lighting up a smoke in a deserted park. They’d likely get away with it if the initiative was not about saving lives. Summary capital punishment for smoking in a public place is something Council can look at in the future.
And what about those fire pits people have in their backyards don’t they also entail burning giving off toxins and for many in the city aggravated lungs? Do they not also have the potential of causing people who are sensitive from smoke – like people with asthma, chronic breathing problems or other disorders/diseases – having breathing problems? Of course they do. So why not include them in the same issue? Is this not about burning things after all like a cigarette?
Could it really be true there are antitobacco smoking totalitarians out there? And tobacco smokers and vapers are just easy targets for Council?
And if the new anti-smoking campaign is all about making it inconvenient for people to smoke why not take an even bolder initiative and simply ban tobacco sales altogether in the City? Is that going a tad too far? Yes, highly likely.
Recently I was at a doctor’s appointment and as I left the clinic wasn’t that a doctor and clinic staff out back having a cigarette? Maybe we need to not just target bars, restaurants, parks and other public spaces but any medical, hospital, dental, chiropractic, physiotherapy, ambulatory or related health care facilities and all attached lands as well? Maybe they as health care professionals need to set the example first and foremost.
So as I head out on my daily walk around the City and take advantage of the great outdoors all I truly ask is for cigarette smokers and the anti-tobacco totalitarians to please don’t blow smoke in my face. I am betting the ones that listen, are courteous and oblige are those enjoying another five minute nail in their coffin.
And for that I say thank you.