Deny job to smoker? That's going too far [Letter]

July 09, 2014

I'm not a cigarette smoker, although I did try to get myself addicted when I was a kid. I smoked Camel no filters for a year but I never liked them. They stank, they tasted bad and the "high" was terrible — if you can call wanting to throw up a "high." I eventually gave them up out of disgust, and I still can't stand the smell. In fact, I can't think of anything good to say about tobacco at all.

But having said all that, I still have to stand up for the rights of smokers to kill themselves if they want to. When I read in your paper that some employers will not hire smokers, that's going way to far ("In Maryland, smoking could cost you job," July 5). That's prohibition, and any idiot can tell you it doesn't work. If there's anyone left spreading the false gospel of the "war on drugs," they're only doing it because they are making a profit off of it.

So while I'm not about to light up a cigarette in solidarity any time soon, I will boycott any business that jumps on the prohibition bandwagon, and I would urge everyone else to do the same. What's next? Is some know-it-all from the nanny state going to tell us we can't buy Big Gulps any more because sugar is unhealthy?

Oh wait, that already happened and that law was already struck down as unconstitutional. Hopefully, these smoking bans will suffer the same fate.

William Smith, Baltimore

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