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Smoker supports smoking ban

Dear Editor:Having been a smoker for 15 years, I can say that I am support of a ban against smoking in public places.For one thing, even as a smoker, I hate walking out of a place complete reeking of cigarette smoke. Secondly, maybe not being allowed to smoke in a bar will encourage people not to smoke. I have been wanting to quit for years; maybe this will help. Defending your “right” to smoke is ridiculous. Most people I know that have been smoking there whole lives say the same thing: “I wish I never picked up the habit.” Are you gonna tell me there is pride in not being able to walk to the top of a staircase without losing your breath?Third, maybe a place without smoking will encourage those people that don’t like to smoke to hang out and spend money and have a good time. I have heard so many people in the valley say they do not like to go to certain places because of all the smoke.Finally, give me a break, smokers. As one of you, I am embarrassed that my habit pollutes the air, smells bad, stains my teeth, bothers other people and is actually killing me every day. I know I am not the only one. Rob TramazzoCarbondale


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