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Damn the Health Taliban


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After reading Ben Joravsky's piece on Chicago's smoking ban [The Works, December 30], I found it odd that he fails to mention the fact that "secondhand smoke" damage itself is about as proven as "intelligent design." Or the fact that despite humanity being aware of possible damage from inhaling smoke since the first caveman tried building a fire within the cave, not to mention the fact that citizens have many choices of places to go that don't allow smoking, some people feel Big Mother needs to step in and form the Health Taliban.

But since the conservatives have their own pseudoscience justifying the War on Drug Users, liberals need some too, evidently.

John Biederman


Ben Joravsky replies:

My point was that the city started with the assumption that secondhand smoke is dangerous then did nothing about it.

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