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Re: “Allegheny County representatives call for statewide indoor smoking ban for workplaces

Ray, aka "Fed Up", evidently could find absolutely nothing to criticise in my writings at the link I sent him to, so he just returned, commented again about my "ignorance," and wrote this:

"Ask any bar in New York now if their business has gone down or up since the smoke free law took affect,"

Sure Ray/Fed/Whatever: How if I asked a few HUNDRED bars? Would that satisfy you? See:


Now, Ray or whoever, before you call me "ignorant" again, you might want to show our readers that you yourself can't be accused of ignorance. Simply read over my leaflet-booklet at the link I gave a few hours ago, and pick out the various specific, substantive errors and criticisms you must have of it to show the ignorance of my ways.

Thank you.


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Posted by Michael J. McFadden on 09/14/2018 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Allegheny County representatives call for statewide indoor smoking ban for workplaces

Replying to the Anonymouse who's afraid to share their name:

You say my "statement" shows my "ignorance" without pointing out how it does so. That's sort of like listening to a detailed explanation of something in a debate, and when it's your turn to respond you have nothing to say other than, "Well, I think my opponent is stupid." Heh, not a very effective response if you really have a valid argument.

You also "guess" that I believe "smoking is good for you." Can you point to anywhere where I said that, or are you just making it up because you had no real argument to make against what I *did* say? If you did even a TINY bit of research you've have found my Author's Preface for "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains" and noticed the THIRD SENTENCE starting off my book:

"I also do not here, nor have I ever, tried to claim that smoking is generally good for you, although many find enough enjoyment in it to justify its risks."

Seriously Anonymouse, how can anyone take your position seriously if you can't read even three sentences of your opponent's main body of writing?

Let me make it easier for you by pointing you to an easy-reading, big print, handout booklet I designed for dimly lit bars under attack. Should be lots of easy targets there for you. In case active links are not allowed here I put "(DOT)" in place of the two "." in the address for easy access. easy access:


See if you can come up with some specific, substantive criticisms of what I actually DO say, OK?


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Posted by Michael J. McFadden on 09/14/2018 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Allegheny County representatives call for statewide indoor smoking ban for workplaces

Pennsylvania should pass a law forbidding any laws that either require smoking to be allowed or require it to be banned. The decision should be up to the workers in a workplace and the owners of a business. Government has no right to impose its wishes on people in this manner, and most certainly no right to draft owners and managers to act as untrained, unpaid, unwilling, and unarmed civilian vigilantes in enforcing its laws.

The article notes there are 1,700 workplaces (almost all being either bars, strip clubs, or private citizens clubs) that still allow their patrons to smoke if they wish. It calls this "thousands of workplaces" -- which seems like a bit of stretch. 1,700 sounds like a big number, right? But how many workplaces are actually IN the state? 1,700 probably represents a small fraction of 1% of the workplaces and workers in the state... probably SO small that you'll never see the real numbers noted in any story like this.

Antismokers will never, ever, be satisfied as long as a single smoker has a place to smoke anywhere on Earth. Anything they do is aimed at the total and complete eradication of smoking and smokers, one small step, one small slice of the freedom sausage, at a time.

Michael J. McFadden
Author of "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains"
Philadelphia, PA

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Posted by Michael J. McFadden on 09/13/2018 at 1:04 AM

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