They looked like strong hands.
OK, so it isn't right to make it illegal to partake in an activity that actively harms those around you. Where does it end? Should people have the freedom to have sex with children? I mean, there goes our freedom to have sexual relations with whoever we want. Hell, then why is murder even illegal? So much for our freedom to do whatever we want.
Sometimes I wonder if completely anarchy is desired. The entirety of my school career has been spent in human behavior. What you guys are advocating is a system based on the idea that humans are intrinsically good and will take the welfare of others into effect when making their decisions. I can guarantee you that this isn't the case. A single person is well-meaning and tries to do right by others. A group of people is stupid, impulsive, and dangerous. You want to see what happens to a society without rules, look at some aboriginese tribes in Africa pre-colonization. Members of they community took care of each other as well as possible, but that didn't stop rivals for mates, or rival hunters from other tribes being brutally murdered because they were in the way. Rules have to exist, period.
There is a need for some rules. I love me some beer. I'm a beer snob and I thoroughly enjoy drinking as many types of beer as possible. I would love the freedom to walk down the street and drink that beer while shopping. Hell, if I have to put up with the wifey trying on 500 dresses, I should be allowed to at least be buzzed while doing so. My enjoyment of that particular activity doesn't change the fact that I understand why I'm not allowed to do so.
I'm assuming you all who are advocating this are smokers. That makes me think you can't be objective. Yes, it sucks having to leave your table and go outside to have a quick cigarette. It would suck worse for that poor girl who found out she has pre-cancerous cells and hasn't smoked a cigarette her entire life, which is a true story involving a close personal friend of mine. They caught it early and they feel like they can treat it before it becomes full-blown cancer, but it turns out because she hung out with smokers the better part of the last 10 years, while actively inhaling their secondhand smoke, she is now at high risk for lung cancer. Yes, she put herself in that position by hanging out with smokers. But, what about some random businessman who has to meet in restaurants as part of his job? Is it fair that he is now at a higher risk of cancer because a few people don't like that they have to walk outside to smoke?
My stance on this will never change. Smoking is one of the worst things humans do. If you want to do it, then by all means. You have the right to kill yourself if you want. You do NOT have the right to endanger those around you, right or not. If even one single person doesn't get sick because of this law, it is a resounding success in my book...
If I could take your pain and frame it, and hang it on my wall,
maybe you would never have to hurt again...