, I draw your attention to the case of well-loved British TV
personality Roy Castle
, who died a few years back from lung cancer
. A life-long non-smoker
, he had spent many years doing stand-up and the like in clubs
, as a consequence of which he inhaled sufficient quantities of second-hand smoke
to kill him. And of course, this is only a well-publicised case. The statistics are left as an exercise for the reader.
And if you feel you have a right to poison people with tobacco
smoke, why draw the line there? Heck, let's just break out the asbestos
dust and various other environmental contaminants.
Curiously enough, the world does not exist solely for your personal gratification. And passive smoking kills people all over the world
, so take your rant against the American
government somewhere where people will care.
: Thank you for taking the time out to rubbish my opinion. If we're going to talk about anecdotal evidence, how about this: your initial paragraph consists entirely of hyperbole
and ad hominem
comments. I had intended principally to highlight one case, one well-documented case, in which a person had died from lung cancer which was, in his case, almost indubitably caused by passive smoking
. I strongly resent your use of the term 'religious dogma
' to describe my views - indeed, it is my impression that this is intended to be ad hominem
as well. And I did notice that you were talking about American society as a whole, but it seemed to be the government
's health warning you objected to, because (shock! horror!) obeying it might lead you to be more considerate to others, so I made my reference to the government explicitly. After all, in the oldest democracy in the world
, isn't the government merely a symptom of society?
And your quip about the rest of the world is simply crass, and arguably racist, joke or no joke.
: I take your point that the issue is not clear cut. However, the example I initially cited shows that there is a certain
amount of evidence for my case. And in any case, smoking in public is
both offensive and damaging to the health of others - even if only slightly.