Dreams of 'Smoke-Free World'
Texas -- January 20, 2003 -- Mayor Laura Miller has made a real
important New Year's Resolution this year: she's going to do everyone
a favor and ban cigarette smoking in Dallas. Yes, the Mayor is promising
Texans the blessings of a wondrous 'Smoke-Free World' if all goes
has told close advisers of her long-cherished vision of one day
when all the children of Texas will stand hand in hand in their
smoke-free environments of peace and positivity.
Miller is supported
in making her dream reality by an activist group called the Smoke-Free
Dallas Coalition (partially funded by the American Cancer Society).
The political group, "wants to see smoking banned in restaurants,
bars and other public places." They are "concerned about
the potential dangers of second-hand smoke."
In 1986, Dallas
passed an ordinance making it necessary for restaurants to provide
non-smoking sections for customers. This is not enough for councilperson
Dr. Elba Garcia, who wrinkled up her nose at a City Council reunion
and said, "When I go to a restaurant, my choice doesn't matter.
The drift still happens ... I can smell it."
Garcia likened the deadly "drift" to "a loaded gun
- except the bullets kill you slowly."
2002 in Dallas, non-sensical comparisons like Garcia's have been
wafting effortlessly from the lips of the Holy Health Crusaders,
clouding the debate over the ordinance with stultifying black puffs
of unreasonable and hysterical exaggeration.
During a recent
media blitz, Mayor Miller exclaimed for TV cameras, "Second-hand
smoke kills. Science has proven that second-hand smoke causes cancer,
heart disease and respiratory illness,"
to be voted on by the City Council are less than what Ms. Miller
originally desired as outside patio areas and freestanding bars
(not connected to a restaurant and deriving 75 percent or more of
revenue from alcohol sales) would be exempt. Karen Potasznik of
the Smoke-Free Dallas Coalition laments that, "This is nowhere
near what Dallas needs."
Some are still
taking a stand to oppose Miller's offer of smoke-free Utopia. "If
those people don't want to go to restaurants that have smoke - they
don't have to go," said restaurateur Blaine Brooks. "What
happened to our choice?"
For Ms. Miller,
there is only one choice and this is her chance to make it, and
her chance again to "make a difference."
Gazette (February 2003)
From: "Lawrence and Sharon"
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2003
Since we, the smoking public,
can no longer smoke in a Dallas restaurant, my wife & I will
eat in some other city as we did today while in Dallas.
Don't these violators of the
smoker's freedom not know that drunks also kill? What about the
pollution of big trucks, planes & factories? I often wonder
how many of these people that are ganging up on smokers, are drinkers
of alcohol. I have seen first hand innocent lives taken by a drunk
Thank you. Eat elsewhere.