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June 15th, 2009:

Quit Stalling On Smoking Bans

SCMP – Jun 15, 2009

The continuous debate about the delay of the smoking ban in all public places is preposterous. In recent visits abroad I see that even in Bangkok, Taipei and Kaohsiung smoking bans are in place in restaurants, bars and clubs.

I am all for smokers’ rights, as long as they do not burden the subsidised public health care system when tobacco-related sickness develops and, more importantly, that they do not exhale all those toxins into a confined space where non-smokers are present. When the rights of smokers infringe on the rights of non-smokers, therein lies the problem.

There must be no exemptions and the government must implement the full ban on schedule.

Billy R. Leung, Chai Wan