Decline in Incidence of Heart Attacks Appears Associated With Smoke-Free Workplace Laws So how to balance personal freedom against the "greater good" of society? Thirty three percent less heart attacks seems a substantial decrease indeed. But should we extend the current smoking bans by "eliminating loopholes [and] encouraging expansion of smoke-free policies to include multiunit housing, motor vehicles, casinos and outdoor locations"? Where does it end? The logical action would simply be to outlaw smoking tobacco altogether but the special interest groups (i.e. Big Tobacco) have too much power presently for this to be a reasonable expectation. So compromises are made... Assuming the premise that my freedom to swing ends at the tip of your nose second hand smoke in a restaurant or bar could be seen as invasive. However, expanding no smoking zones to include personal dwellings, cars and even outdoors might be overstepping a bit in my opinion. Perhaps I'm biased because I smoke and have for thirty years but I still cling to the antiquated notions of privacy and personal liberty as long as I'm not harming anyone else. If you come to my house and don't like the smoke, leave. If it bothers you whilst riding in my car, get out. I realize that there are precedents (e.g. California) and similar laws in place regarding recreational drug use but in general I'm opposed to the "nanny state" enforcing what I can and can't do in the privacy of my home. For that matter, how do you feel about laws currently in place in so many areas banning smoking from restaurants, etc.? Does the government even deserve the right to enforce these policies? Remember, they are privately owned businesses not governmental or public facilities. On the other hand, perhaps you believe the "greater good" outweighs the rights of the individual in these cases. After all, the members of society at large have to bear the costs of providing the infrastructure to support these "private" businesses. So why should they not have a say in the conduct occurring within said establishments? Where is that balance? So how about it? To what degree should the government have the right to restrict my activities for my own good even if I'm harming no one else? -------------------------------------------------------------------- JAMA and Archives Journals (2012, October 29). Decline in incidence of heart attacks appears associated with smoke-free workplace laws. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 29, 2012.