September 30, 2009
Tap tap tap...
Can cigarette smoke travel through walls? Because either it can or it can't, and this angry woman has filed a lawsuit saying that her neighbor's cigarette smoke did in fact go through walls of her townhouse:
In an age when smoking has been outlawed in most public places - government buildings, bars and pool halls - a person's home is one of the few places you can puff in peace.If smoke can "waft" through walls, then I would submit that something is very, very wrong with the construction of the walls, or of the home.
However, the townhouse community manager says there's a solid fire wall between the two homes:
A manager and attorney for Estancia Townhomes, a 52-building community near Prestonwood Country Club in North Dallas, said it's unlikely the Daniels sustained any smoke damage. There is a solid, two-hour fire wall from the foundation to the roof between each of the homes.So enough cigarette smoke wafted through solid fire walls to damage artwork?
I'm skeptical, and I find myself wondering if the plaintiff is highly, um, suggestible.
It wouldn't surprise me if she was. Years ago when I served on Berkeley's Police Review Commission, a woman brought a complaint against officers who had refused to arrest her landlord for attempted murder because he smoked in the building. Needless to say, her complaint was not upheld, but the usual anti-smoking activists sent in letters supporting her.
At the rate things are going, I expect that someone will try to have parents who smoke in front of their kids arrested for child abuse.
As I have said before, there is something that non-smokers who are outraged enough to support smoker's rights can easily and legally do.
Simply go out and buy a pack of cigarettes. They're expensive, but still legal to buy and own, even in places which criminalize smoking, but the neat thing here is that if you're a non-smoker you only need to buy one pack, to have months or years of fun. There is a right to carry in all fifty states.
So you just take your pack of cigarettes, and simply brandish it in public! Take it out and tap it on your hand, on a table, anywhere! That little "Tap tap tap!" is the sound of freedom, and it irritates the anti-smokers almost as much as the sound of a match being struck! Yes, striking matches is still legal in most places too. And so is taking out a single cigarette and tapping it. Sure, you can't smoke it, but if you're a non-smoker that's beside the point.
You're just exercising your First Amendment right to freedom of expression.
Where else can you have so much fun for a few bucks?
posted by Eric on 09.30.09 at 04:13 PM
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