To a person who used to flush her mother’s cigarettes down the toilet on a useless effort to keep mommy from smoking, The Smoke Free Illinois Act is a dream come true. But is it commonly known that “an individual’s sweetest dream can be another’s most horrible nightmare”. The veracity of this statement is certainly portrayed by the feelings of Illinois business owners and private citizens alike.
The Smoke Free Illinois Act criminalizes smoking in public establishments. American citizens are restricted to smoking in the privacy of their homes, and if they use their domicile to offer public services such as daycare, then they need to blow their “fumes” outside. But according to Stewart Warren report in The Herald News, Illinoians like Larry Peep of Joliet, believe that the new smoking ban is a direct attack against American freedom. Peep says that “If you take away the right to smoke, who’s to say what other rights will be challenged?”
According to a report on Associated Press, the next freedom to be taken away might be that of making profit. This report introduces Tom Monaghan, the manager of Casino Queens in East St. Louis, IL. Monagham is “devastated” because his gamblers are exchanging him for the intoxicating promise of Missouri’s smokier horizons.
The environmentalist in me wants to say “get over it, I have been sucking on your secondhand smoke for more than three decades, it’s about time for you to suck it up!” However, as the daughter, wife, sister, and friend of individuals who have endured nicotine slavery, I feel the need to compromise.
After reading statistics about secondhand smoke I’ve decided that private citizens should to keep their deathly chimneys at home, I can’t keep you from poisoning yourself, but I can sure do my best to keep you from poisoning me. On the other hand, my solution for casino owners is a bit easier to swallow. According to Chris McNamara of the Chicago Tribune, Rashed Islam has found the key to eco-friendly nicotine poisoning. Rashed, a bartender-chemist from Chicago, IL, has come up with a wide variety of “nicotine-infused cocktails” and according to some of his costumers the new drinks are to die for.
I doubt that The Smoke Free Illinois Act will be the cause for casino owners’ bankruptcy. And for those who fear that the smoking ban is threatening American freedom, I want to remind you that those Americans who don’t smoke have rights too. The Smoke Free Illinois Act does not keep anyone from smoking, it just restrict smokers to poisoning themselves – and the environment – in the comfort of their own home.