I don’t like to focus on these kinds of statements, but I will in this case, because the Times-Journal saw fit to put it on its front page. In the lead story in their Oct 24th issue, covering the proposed smoking ban in village parks, the Times-Journal featured this quote from a concerned citizen “I’m a smoker, but I’m a responsible smoker. Please respect my civil rights.”
Up until now, I had no idea that smoking was a civil right. I had no idea that smokers huddling outside of a hospital were actually having their civil rights trampled in violation of the constitution!
After checking the constitution though, I couldn’t find any references to smoking. However, if the Times-Journal printed it, I’m sure it’s accurate.