Originally Posted by PirateJim
If they ban smoking, they'll be back next year after your beer folks!
The good ol' NRA-style argument. Feed the paranoia, appeal to the dimwitted alarmists.
Funny, neither the original drunk driving laws, nor the subsequent tightening of those laws to prohibit a .08% BAC seem to have resulted in anyone ripping a pint of good Cascade hop-infused APA out of my hands and I have a broader choice of fine beers in both liquor stores and grocery stores today than I had a decade ago. And another funny thing - no one has come to my house with a tow-truck, demanded my keys and started hauling away my cars, nor have I heard of that happening to anyone except people who got too far behind in their payments.
There's one kind of smoker to whom I will always say something: the moron who is so completely thoughtless that he hops out of his car/truck with a lit cigarette in hand and reaches for the gas pump. I typically say "This isn't the smartest place to be smoking, is it?" A couple of times, I've had an astonished look register on someone's face who simply was being absent-minded and gotten a "Gosh, you're right - sorry about that" sort of response. Usually it gets just dirty looks, but once in a while I'll get a F*&(*& you! and once I got "How the hell is that any of your business?" I responded "Not having an exploding gas pump 25 feet away from me is very much my business."