We know better than you.

I’m often amazed by the number of people who think they have the right to tell others how they should live.

Local government has just decided to ban smoking in public housing. Even though smoking is perfectly legal, these tenants won’t be allowed to smoke in their own homes.

Now I suppose I can’t argue with the logic of trying to protect non-smokers in the same public housing units. But really, nobody else has any business jumping into this discussion. Yet a letter to the editor in today’s local paper shows just how some people think:

I strongly believe smoking should be banned in the multi-unit residential buildings owned by the region’s taxpayers. It really shouldn’t be too hard to enforce because you can smell the smoke that lingers behind the cigarette.

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If smokers saved the money they spend on cigarettes monthly, they probably could get out of subsidized housing, own their own places and do as they please.

Last time I looked, this was still a free country and people were allowed to do what they wanted, even if we don’t necessarily agree with it. And I certainly wouldn’t appreciate someone who doesn’t even know me telling me what to do.

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