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San Francisco: The Anti-Smoker's Paradise?

A San Francisco lawmaker is hoping to stomp out the nasty and dangerous habit of smoking cigarettes by enacting more stringent rules to keep people from lighting up in public places.

It's already banned in workplaces, bars, taxicabs and city parks and if new legislation is approved, smoking will be off limits in areas near the doors, vents and windows of restaurants, shops, offices and housing complexes, the Chronicle reports.

It would also be a much easier breathing experience at outdoor dining tables, farmers' markets, lines for movies theaters, concerts and sporting events, near cab stands and ATMs.

San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar introduced the legislation to protect the City's, "most vulnerable residents from secondhand smoke," he told the Chronicle.

If Mar has his way, smoking will also be a no-go in common areas of shared housing units, such as courtyards, elevators, hallways and laundry rooms. Anyone smoking in their own apartment would have to keep their doors shut.

Smokers won't have much luck polluting areas in other Bay Area cities either if the ban is passed. Belmont, Palo Alto, Hayward, Novato and Berkeley also have similar rules against smoking in public places.

Some of the strictest smoking bans in the Bay Area are in Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Dublin, Emeryville, Hayward, Healdsburg, Los Gatos, Marin County, Martinez, Newark, Novato, Oakland, Pleasanton, Richmond, Ross, San Anselmo, San Jose, San Ramon, Santa Rosa, Union City and Windsor.

While the possible ban is likely good news to those opposed to smoking, it will no doubt have the "cancer stick" addicts thinking like Cedric the Entertainer, who told the audience on The Original Kings of Comedy, "You can't smoke on Earth anymore."

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Seems like California prefers if people smoke pot instead of tobacco. Hell, they're regulating both just as heavily.
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Pot is probably safer since it's not laced with more chemicals than it was born with......

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If you smoke~ you suck. Literally.
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I've seen some really nice cars (including GTOs) get ruined with that habit.......

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Pot is probably safer since it's not laced with more chemicals than it was born with......
I can't quite understand why people want to ban cigarettes but think marijuana is ok.

You need to do a little more research on pot.

The type of pot that is grown now has at least 10 times the THC in it that the natural cannibis plant had in the 50's. It's a genetically altered and enhanced plant/drug that is designed to get you addicted and really high. A lot of times the plant is specifacally fertilized to enhance the amount of THC in it.

One good sized joint has the same amount of tar as 1 pack of cigarettes. A blunt is the equivilant of 3 packs of cigarettes.

The mind altering effects of THC have a half life of 72 hours. That means that half of the chemicals that create the "high effect" that everyone wants to smoke pot for, are still in your system 3 days after you smoke it. This varies depending on body fat. Body fat stores THC, and the fatter you are the longer it lasts.

In addition long term use of THC has shown to cause short term memory loss, and psychosis.

The French have determined that cannabis use causes schizophrenic disorders in humans especially if used before the age of 15.

Here's another study on the human brain. It found that brain activity was stunted and that brain size in key regions were smaller:

A 2008 study by the University of Melbourne of 15 heavy marijuana users (consuming at least 5 marijuana cigarettes daily for on average 20 years) and 16 controls found an average size difference for the smokers in the hippocampus (12 percent smaller) and the amygdala (7 percent smaller). It has been suggested that such effects can be reversed with long term abstinence. However, the study indicates that they are unsure that the problems were caused by marijuana alone.

While there are some good medical reasons to use Cannabis, including relief for glaucoma patients and for cancer patients on chemotherapy, the risks are much worse than cigarettes for normal daily consumption.

Again I really can't understand why someone that thought cigarettes are dangerous would not think that the smoke from another dried up leaf that is rolled up in newspaper and lit on fire and sucked deep into your lungs is ok.

Both are bad for you. Cigars are bad for you too.
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It can't be any better or worse than drinking every day. Granted the effects aren't the same, but one health problem is just as bad as another. All chemicals affect different people in different ways. Look at the pharmies you see on TV all the time.
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Who listens to the French??!!??
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