Originally Posted by 2.5RSMatt
I agree and I could have sworn that it was considered littering.
Are you high? Banning alcohol would be for the benefit of drinkers themselves too but why on earth would we do that? If people want to smoke and in the process do harm to themselves then let them. If people want to eat fatty foods and clog their arteries then let them!
Banning tobacco would just uproot an entire underground tobacco market where the government wouldn't be able to get it's grimy little hands on any of the profits.
I can understand a private owner of a restaurant banning smoking because they don't want people to be turned away from the business by the air quality but it's none of the governments business what we do both in our private business and personal lives.
im sure it is considered littering, but when was the last time anyones seen someone get a ticket for littering? i know its a huge ticket if you get caught throwing out a cigarette butt from a car here in WA, something to the tune of 1 grand.
as for banning tobacco, good luck. the government makes way too much money from it to make it happen anytime soon. honestly i think the no smoking while driving thing is just another revenue generating law with an "itll increase safety" front thrown in for good measure. think about it, this way the government still profits directly from the sale of tobacco, and now when someone smokes in their car theyll profit from that too. sadly all the new driving laws were getting up here wont even cover the scariest thing ive ever seen a driver do, read a book on the freeway, he even turned a page! needless to say i got as far away from him as possible!