I sat by as a young person, unimpressed when laws passed requiring children to be seatbelted in. This was a good thing, right? Protecting our children. I sat idly by as they passed laws requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets..this was a good thing..right? Keeps people from endangering their own lives and costing us horrendous amounts of money for their long term care medical bills racked up due to brain damage. I sat and listened a little more intently as they spoke of banning cigarettes from the workplace..after all, I worked in a hospital and smoked in the break room during breaks. I became enraged when laws passed banning smoking from all places within 20 feet of any door, window or air vent. And I no longer smoke, but it still infuriated me. I felt myself fuming when people were instructed they could no longer smoke at ALL, at work OR at home, without being fired from their jobs. They are a health risk to the companies that hire them they said. I became furious when people were breathalyzed at work and fired for smoking at home. Fired for smoking period. Yes, its true. What is next...what constitutes a health risk? Are you too fat? Is your morbid obesity costing your company money? Is that a Krispy Kreme I smell on your breath? You are fired. You have a long term illness? You're diabetic? Im sorry, you will cost the company too much in medical expenses and cause our rates to soar..you're fired.. I am reminded of a phrase I heard somewhere: They came for XYZ but it wasnt me, so I paid them no mind.. They came for ABC, but it still wasnt me, so I paid them no mind.. They came for me and there was no one left to defend me..so they took me away too All of these laws passed here in America, so many of them sound so reasonable..after all who wants to smell cigarettes or pay for a smokers health care? It makes perfect sense..ban it... But i really believe..we are heading closer every day here in America to a dictatorship.. Any one else have thoughts? and PLEASE if you are easily offended, this is not meant to be offensive..just a discussion piece.