I’m as supportive of free enterprise and the entrepreneurial spirit as anyone, if it doesn’t harm other people. I have to agree with the writer who said, "Only a complete moron would (contend) that smoking is risk-free ..." but we part company when he writes that "we already have a perfect set-up in Casper," referring to some public places that allow smoking while others don’t.
The trouble with that is that real people -- people who like to live long healthy smoke-free lives -- have to make their living at times in deadly environments. It’s now acknowledged that secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States. No one should have to choose between their health and a good job, such as bar tending or waiting tables.
JERRE JONES, Casper
Member, Natrona County Tobacco