A city in southeast Oklahoma has struck another blow against liberty.
The Ada City Council Monday approved a ban on the use of tobacco products on public property, including electronic cigarettes. Strangely, electronic cigarettes do not actually contain tobacco.
The measure was approved 3-2 with Mayor Greg McCortney and Vice-Mayor Shane Sweeney voting against the ban.
The new law bans the use of tobacco products in all indoor workplaces, city-owned property, and any indoor places that are open to the public. This would include all restaurants and bars.
Even though I am not a smoker, I do not agree with any government, be it local, state or federal, that bans the use of these products, even if they are in public places. These sort of bans should be left up to individuals owners, in the case of restaurants, bars, and other public places. If a person does not wish to patronize that because they don’t want to be subjected to second-hand cigarette smoke, they have that right. But I don’t think any government has the right to ban the activities of a person.
And the idea of banning a product because it looks like a cigarette is stupid. E-cigarettes do not contain tobacco and they do not produce smoke. They produce water vapor, which is why many people refer to these products as vapor cigarettes.
Ada, like a lot of cities in Oklahoma, must be stuck in the 1950s or something and if they want to thrive and grow, they need to discard these fossilized acts that attempt to legislate morality, control the actions of its townspeople, and infringe on the liberty of American citizens. If they keep this attitude up, they stand to lose people to other, more progressive-thinking cities.