Nonsmoker says compromise on freedoms not in the air |

Nonsmoker says compromise on freedoms not in the air

Letter writer Sean Mayer asks that his freedom of choice to smoke not be taken away from him in restaurants and bars (SDN, June 18).

Why do I, a nonsmoker, need to compromise my freedom to breathe fresh air because smokers choose to pollute it?

Just because there are nonsmoking restaurants already established, why shouldn’t there be more? Mr. Mayer mentioned there already are a bunch of nonsmoking places to go.

Going to an eating or drinking establishment is a lot different than taking a walk outside, where by all means, you are more than welcome to light up. When we are in a restaurant or bar, trying to enjoy the food, have a drink and enjoy the company of others, or perhaps a game on TV, it is my fresh air that smokers are polluting, it is my eyes that are watering because of smoke and my hair that will reek because of smoke.

Those who want to smoke cigarettes are more than welcome to step outside to enjoy them. Just because you choose to pollute your lungs and air with cigarette smoke in a restaurant, doesn’t mean that the air, lungs, eyes and hair of the rest of us who choose not to smoke should have to suffer as well.

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