Smoking Ban Breaches Liberty


As one fortunate enough to be able to ski yearly in the Salt Lake area, I oppose the campaign to outlaw smoking in the state’s bars and private clubs as well as the airport (“Rocky is targeting smoking at airport,” Jan. 6).

Bars and private clubs are not public places but private establishments. Adults, of their own free will, choose to either patronize or work in these venues or not. The owners or members pay the rent, salaries and taxes. In a free society, they should decide to forbid or allow what is a legal activity.

We must not allow petty tyrants to strip us of our personal liberties “for our own good” or in the guise of public health.

Originally written By: Stephen Helfer
Cambridge, Mass.

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