Pauline (one of my most favorite of all friends in the United Kingdom, if not in all of Europe itself!) had some news today in regard to the smoking ban. I thought it fitting to share it here.
Honest, this smoke free thing is really taking the pee..... We have had a
smoking ban for many years like in shops, restaurants, public transport...but
this morning as I left the apartment block I was spitting bricks. They had put
up notices on the front and back doors of the building stating 'IT IS AN OFFENCE
TO SMOKE IN THE PUBLIC PARTS OF THIS BUILDING'
It is an infringement of
human rights. Honestly, if people know that there are smoking areas in a Pub
they go in there KNOWING THIS.....Their choice...but now basically the law
states you may smoke in your own home and in the wide open air. If a
Pub/Restaurant has a 'partially enclosed' area you can not smoke in it.
You can not smoke in your car if......
it is used for business
purposes (that means transport of persons AND goods/tools etc)
You are carrying a non smoking passenger
You are carrying a child under the age of 16
Just make sure that when in your vehicle you ONLY CARRY ADULTS THAT
SMOKE....You do not have ANYTHING TO DO WITH WORK (even workwear)...and......if you get caught smoking by the Police they can have you for NOT BEING IN PROPER CONTROL OF YOUR VEHICLE.. as some poor people have found out when caught eating a chocolate bar or sandwich in the past and received a hefty fine.
I did love this one.....a guy who sells flowers at the side of the road (like open
air!!!) has to walk 100 yards from his stall to have a cigarette.
Suppose sometime in the future they will even ban us from smoking in our
homes when we have kids...like to see them try.
Why oh why did Britain not get together like in France where they tried to pass this law and take them to the European Court on the basis of an infringement.
Good heavens! I would have fire coming out of my nose at this one!
The US is not far behind, sadly. In some states, we can not smoke in restaurants. We must walk 300 yards to smoke near a hospital. We can still smoke in our vehicles.
What perturbs me is that second hand smoke does not affect children nearly as acutely as another common bad habit. Let’s be honest - parents kill their own children.
Where are all these "bleeding hearts for justice" when mummy and daddy are stuffing Hostess cupcakes, chocolate milk, chocolate bars, Kid Cuisines, Mac and Cheese, cookies, juice boxes, McDonald's Happy Meals, and other tripe down their children's mouths? Where are the "protectors of children" when mummy and daddy park their child in front of the television or computer for hours at a time and allow them to sit on their rotund bottoms rather than go outside and play?
I find it appalling that the "powers that be" feel it is their right to tell me how to live and yet they do nothing to stop others from bringing their neighbors harm. They do not enforce the noise ordinances and I am petrified that the loud bass blaring from cars will cause another driver to have a seizure. There aren’t any "no perfume" restrictions in public places; Better Half has Multiple Chemical Sensitivity from the war and perfume makes him deathly ill. I have a dear friend whose child must be rushed to the hospital if she is accidentally exposed to perfume; asthma is a terrible thing for a child to suffer.
Filth and rubbish, I say. Let them take away junk food, chewing tobacco, perfume, music with heavy bass, road rage and George Bush - perhaps then I will abide by their "no smoking" laws.
There is an old English proverb that states "Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork." It is peculiar that so many Americans have not caught on. We seem to love banning "bad habits" such as those filthy cigarettes yet we turn a blind eye to all of the other "unhealthy" issues.
I have to question if parents do not comprehend that their child is morbidly obese? The heavy panting, chaffed skin on the inner thighs, inability to touch their toes (or kneecaps!) and portly face would be a dead giveaway. If my child surpassed the Precious Moments figurine appearance only to bear a resemblance to a garden slug I would most certainly alert my physician (and perhaps a tattler magazine such as the Globe or Star.) Perhaps the Precious Moments look is in?
I find nothing precious about children with fat, bloated faces. There is so much adipose tissue that their tiny eyes seem receded into their flesh like buttons between the cushions on a 1970’s sofa. Fat hands grasping at French fries whilst mommy urges the child to finish up so they can hit the McDonald’s playland (do the fast food restaurant employees keep child-sized plungers on hand in the event one of these bloated creatures becomes stuck in the plastic piping?) Even their tiny voices (which should sound sweet and inquisitive) become thick from the amount of tissue in their throats. They lack energy and they lack intelligence. YES, they LACK INTELLIGENCE, oh you parent of an earthbound baby whale; the nutrients they required for the proper development of their brain cells were sadly undersupplied during the most crucial years of their early life.
Hey Lady! Your child is a LARD ASS!
I am certain that I will have several replies to this and that those replies will be overflowing (much like your cupboards) with criticism. Why on earth are you on your computer when your child is about to suffocate on that Keebler Cookie you handed him five seconds ago? What are you doing inside on a beautiful summer day?
Darling, do you want fries with that?