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Where does government intervention/invasion stop? First it will be no smoking in government sponsored public housing. Second it will be no smoking in government subsidised housing. Then, if you have a government backed loan on your house you can not smoke. What about a Habitat for Humanity built house using government funds? Where does the intrusivness stop.
1) Someone have the guts to just stand up and outlaw smoking. Turn one-fifth of the population into instant criminals.....All in the name of public health.
2) After the smoking ban in public housing, then lets ban "junk" foods, or "super-sized" drinks, or saturated fats. Lets have a body-mass indexs to qualify for public housing. How about instead of food stamps, the government sends the receiptiants of public aid the food the government nutritionalist "thinks" you need? How about monthly blood tests to check if you have been cheating? How about monthly weigh-ins to see if you still qualify for housing. How about daily, mandatory work-outs and physical fitness in the public housing to qualify?
3) Narcotics are illegal. Murder and domestic violence are illegal. We know how easy it is and what a wonderful job we are doing keeping THOSE elements out of public housing. Now we are supposed to be the "smoking" police? What next a "Smoking Czar" with a "Smoking Task-Force"? What, a $500,000 study to see how best to "combat" smoking the the public housing sector?
4) This is supposed to be their HOME. Even if it is publicly supported. We don't want the government in our home to tell us if we can or can not use birth control, whether or not we can be gay or lesbian; why can the government tell people in sanctity of their own HOME whether of not they can smoke.