Advocates for the smoking ban site health benefits as the main reason for restricting the use of a legal product in Kansas City small businesses. They apparently think second-hand smoking is not harmful on casino floors or in the concourses of the K and Arrowhead, however.
Supporters of small businesses and liberty believe that Americans have a right to smoke-free enviornments. They can excercise those rights by choosing not to spend their hard earned dollars in establishments that allow smoking.
They also argue that the health concern claims sited by advocates will provide an ever changing argument for taking away more and more of your rights. They point to the city of New York banning trans fats because they supposedly aren't good for you. They also point to lawsuits against McDonald's and other fast food restaurants, reminiscent of those brought against big tobacco, that claim their products are responsible for their large bellies and poor health, ignoring the fact that the only time they got off their couch was to eat 4 Big Macs a day for the last twenty years.
Advocates say those claims are ridiculous, that being fat isn't harmful to those around you. But a Harvard study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found just that. The study results pointed to obesity being contagious, spreading from person to person like a virus. For instance, having an obese friend increased a person’s chances of becoming obese by 57 percent. Having a close friend that becomes obese triples the odds a person will become obese.
With the leading cause of death in the U.S. being heart disease, it doesn't take a genius to see how big government advocates are already taking steps to use health concerns to further erode your liberties.