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Letter: We Choose Health or, I Want a Dictatorship campaign?


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Posted Online: April 24, 2013, 2:14 pm
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I read the article in your April 14 paper, "Health agency works for ban on smoking in parks".

Really, ban smoking in parks?

Yes, I am a smoker; I don't even smoke in my own home. I go outside in all kinds of weather to smoke so no one in my house has to be around it.
I know how long it takes for cigarette butts to biodegrade. But why don't you go after plastic garbage bags, milk containers or pop bottles? Do you know, how long they take to biodegrade? Do you know how many animals have been killed by the plastic rings that hold a six-pack of pop or beer?

There are a lot of us who do not want to be at public places because alcohol is served. How about when people have cookouts, not only is drinking usually involved, so is smoke from the grill. How about leaf burning?

Maybe your perfume makes me sick enough to have a migraine. Why not ban perfume/aftershave? Smells can be a very serious thing for some of us.
"We Choose Health" is an "I Want a Dictatorship" campaign. Why don't they go after all the cars that don't have a working muffler or no muffler at all? How about all restaurants/factories where you can see smoke billowing out of their chimneys. How about the people who have wood burning stoves, fireplaces? Doesn't that aid in secondhand smoke?

Smokers receive all the increase in taxes.

Maybe We Choose Health should start showing young children how to go out and exercise in parks, instead of sitting in front of TVs and playing video games. In closing, how much plastic do you have in your house that takes years to biodegrade and contributes to the destruction of our planet?

Cheri Lasek,
New Windsor



















 



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