Which is good, because I don’t have much shit to say in response. I agree and disagree with my counterpart. In case you didn’t click on the link he posted as to what is going in here in our lovely city: there is a debate on furthering the smoking ban here in Fort Collins.
- Smoking will be banned in in the expanded downtown area including Old Town Square
- No smoking in all city operated facilities and their grounds
- No smoking in all city parks, trails, and natural areas
- No smoking in city approved events and festivals
The City Council will be debating the smoking ban on February 3, as in, next week.
Skippy points out that we live in a puritan society. I 100% agree with this statement. For as liberal, liberated, and uncensored as we are, we are far more repressed than you think. What do you expect? Our country was founded by Puritans seeking refuge from religious persecution. I also agree that the social acceptability of smoking has changed. People have become defensive about their smoking habit because they feel like they have to. Society has a general overreaction to cigarette smoke.
I am one of those people who finds cigarette smoke offensive. I am not only allergic to it, but I also have asthma; so it is more medical for me. I do not want to be around it. This does not mean that I think that the expanded smoking ban in Fort Collins is necessarily a good idea. I don’t think I will get cancer from secondhand smoke, nor will it ruin my day. To me, it is like smelling that undeniable stench that wafts our way from Greeley every so often; and I may have to use my inhaler. Not fun, folks, not fun.
Can someone explain to me the appeal of cigarettes in the first place? When I was in my early days of college, it was a very social thing. Now more and more people have quit for health reasons. I think I have maybe one or two friends who smoke anymore, compared to nearly all my friends in college. Let’s not forget that Fort Collins is one of the healthiest places in the United States. Are we surprised that there is a debate about even more restrictions on smoking in public? I think not.
Will this ban really be a big deal?
Now if we banned, oh I don’t know, yoga in Fort Collins, or quinoa, or cycling shorts, I think people would go nuts. Smoking in old town and in parks? I think you will be fine. In fact, this ban may even stop all the fights that break out in front of the Drunken Monkey! And then again, maybe not. An alcohol ban will be the only way to stop that, and that’s just crazy talk. Alcohol is fine by me; it doesn’t get blown in my face and make my lungs all fucked up. Again, asthma.
If the ban has your panties in a bunch, you should write in to us and let us know your thoughts. We are still taking guest posts!
My final thoughts: There will always be restrictions on things like smoking, alcohol and weed. This is just the country we live in. Fun fact: did you know that it is illegal to own a sex toy in the state of Alabama? You need a prescription from a doctor in order to legally own one. Aren’t you glad you don’t live there? See, it could always be worse. Weed is even legal now in our fine state. But no, I don’t have any.