I had two conservative Republicans insist that smoking bans in restaurants and bars are good. They did not agree that the bar or restaurant owner had a right to control his own property. They contended that smoking is not victimless because second hand smokes kills people. I made the point that MAYBE daily exposure to second hand smoke would have health effects, but that there is no evidence that sitting in a smoky bar or restaurant once in a while has any negative health effects.
You'd have thought I just denied the Holocaust.
The arguments got to be surprisingly emotional. I was accused of selectively choosing my facts to support my nutty ideas.
Not a happy discussion. Note to self: be sure to end the conversation with a sigh and mutter "everyone's got something against freedom," just in case that will make them think.
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