I walked out of a tony Manhattan high rise on 6th Avenue a few days ago. The building management was being progressive and insisted the people take their dirty old cigs somewhere else.
I stood there for a bit and noticed a fairly steady stream of smokers lighting up near the “no smoking” sign. Do you know what I thought? Good for them! I use to smoke a long time ago and I feel some camaraderie with them. I get a bit sick of society treating smokers like criminals. They’re outside for Christ’s sake! Who are they harming? Does anyone remember smoking on airplanes? It’s unthinkable now.
People tailor the laws to fit their needs. And it’s not just New Yorkers. In New Jersey, nobody seems to feel that the law banning talking on a cell phone while driving applies to them. They think it’s for other people. My hope is that eventually, cell phones + driving is taken as seriously as drinking + driving. That’s one I can get behind. But leave the smokers alone if they’re outdoors.