Freedom of choice?

Lachelle Smith, Minot

I was and still am in a state of shock that North Dakota voters voted “Yes” for Measure 4.

I am in a further state of shock that in this land of the free, the United States of America, we are now discussing banning smoking outdoors (Minot Daily News, Section C, Aug. 12, 2013). There are commercials, which our tax dollars are paying for, on television telling us how bad smoking is for the smoker and everyone in their presence. I agree smoking is bad for your health, but I believe everyone knows this and there are better ways to spend our tax dollars.

Again, I agree that smoking is bad for your health. But I have habits (other than smoking) that are also bad for me. I have a few drinks occasionally and I eat fast food that is fattening. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in our country, and is due in large part to our eating habits and weight issues. Are we going to give the government the power to make all of our choices for us? How about we take personal responsibility for ourselves AND our choices?

I don’t believe someone smoking next to me in a park or a street corner is really going to diminish my life span or my quality of life. If it bothers me I will move up wind.

Isn’t freedom of choice what America was built on? Isn’t freedom of choice what America is all about? I want the freedom to make my own choices, whether they are good or bad decisions they are mine to make. And I want you to have that freedom as well, even if you are a smoker.