I don’t consider myself a smoker, though I do enjoy a pipe occasionally. Neither am I a heavy drinker. However, I find it annoying that drinking and smoking are treated almost like illegal activities by the government and especially by school drug programs. Already both Illinois and Iowa have adopted no-smoking policies inside businesses. What’s next–the home? The car? I was playing tennis one day over by the Keokuk High School and listened with amazement as the announcer at the nearby football game explained to everyone the school’s no-smoking policy on school grounds. This includes your car, if you are parked in the school parking lot. I felt like I should hide my pipe that was in my car. I used to have a no-smoking rule in my car, but just out of spite I have allowed myself to smoke my pipe in it now (not the Suburban though. We have to have at least one decent smelling vehicle 🙂
Consider also the way alcohol is viewed by schools. School anti-drug programs put alcohol right in the same category as dope and meth, without indicating that it is legal to drink alcohol at a certain age. Does anyone else find this just disturbing? What happens is that the kids come home and see their parents enjoying an evening quaff and think that they are breaking some kind of law. They might as well just outlaw smoking and drinking alcohol completely if they don’t want people doing it. But…heaven forbid, they would have to give up their tax money on it!