I'm not a smoker, but I play one on TV. OK, not really, but I'd like to — just to piss off the sanctimonious neo-prohibitionists who get all hot and bothered at the mere sight of a lit cigar or cigarette.
The anti-smoking lobby has come a long way, baby. It all started innocently enough some twenty-five years ago, with the demand that airplanes get designated non-smoking sections. Fine, no problem. Then there was to be no smoking on planes at all. Sure, if it makes you happy. Then airports became smoke-free zones. Annoying, but let's just show our most conciliatory side and give in. Then office buildings and restaurants and pubs no longer accommodated any smokers. Yeah, that's alarming, but thank heavens, people can still smoke outside.
Not so fast.
Per the New York Times:
>> When [Maine's] Black Mountain opened for the season on Dec. 10, it became the first ski resort in the nation where tobacco use was banned everywhere, including the lodge, the alpine and cross-country trails, and the lifts, state and industry officials said. But it probably will not be the last. <<
What, pray tell, is the rationale for the ban? The usual, of course: it's for the children.
>> "I've had one person say they're going to drive by the mountain and blow smoke out the window," [general manager Terrie Anne] Bennett said. "If they feel that way, fine. We have nothing against smokers or tobacco products. We just want to have a safe environment for children to recreate." <<
Got that? You can drive your smoke-belching Hummer halfway up the mountain if the mood strikes, but when you're in the great outdoors and hold a match to a cigarette, you're launching an assault on innocent children's lungs.
All right, but people can still light up in their own homes, no?
You pitiable naïf. Your employer will be the judge of that. If you smoke at home, or anywhere for that matter, you could get fired — just like these people.