If you have ever worked in the food service industry especially as a server, you will know that most do not allow for a break of any kind. This law also goes a long way to offer breaks for people who work in the construction industry and agriculture as well. Just because some have had the good fortune to work for companies that do offer breaks doesn't mean that everyone does. One should also get out of their box and look around, just because someone doesn't speak up should not imply that a person is weak. Typically it means that they are oppressed by two things low wages and need.
I am a non-smoker but also a former smoker, my opinion is that this law is ridiculous. What is next? Who's freedoms are going to be removed next? Furthermore where are we going to get the additional tax dollars to uphold this law? I understand the need for clean air, I understand that people need to feel safe and they need to protect themselves from harm. What I don't understand is this outrageous fear of walking through the parks of Boise Idaho and rather than enjoy the setting and the moment we are fixated on the possibility of getting lung cancer from second hand smoke. We are focusing on the wrong thing and as a result we are wasting valuable tax dollars trying to uphold an unenforceable law - kind of like seatbelts. Are we going to increase our police force so that they can patrol the park for smokers rather that predators? That makes complete sense doesn’t it? Speaking of making sense, where are the studies that prove the concentration of smoke particles being so great in the open air that you would become susceptible to cancer? Even if there is such a study, my next question would be, why can't these people avoid the smoke cloud? Wholly cow the sky is falling! With that said and in all fairness to the creators of the law, where were those who opposed the law? And finally, was there a vote or was this another abuse of power in our city government and the implementations of someone’s pet project?
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