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Tuesday, July 01, 2003


Lexington passes an anti-smoking ordinance, touted on the national news due to our location in the heart of tobacco country.

I know there are a lot of people who grumble about this. But frankly, your right to smoke stops when it infringes on my right to breathe. Period. There is no God-given or Constitutionally-protected right that allows someone to blow smoke around while other people try to eat, do laundry, shop, etc. As someone with asthma who's sensitive to smoke, I'd like to give the Urban-County Council a big thumbs up. And for those businesses that do worry about smokers staying away--there are more of us out there who will probably go out and do things when we don't have to deal with all the smoke than you think. Personally, I plan on celebrating the first smoke-free day at O'Neil's.

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