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Two Wisconsin bloggers, Joey Monson and Ryan Evans say they’re fed up with efforts to ban smoking in our state.
They’ve embarked on a campaign to ban the ban, saying they don’t want to encourage smoking, but instead want to ensure people have the right to smoke in Wisconsin.
Here’s a press release they issued this week:
Ban the Ban Wisconsin Campaign Launch
In the wake of a recent surge in pressure tactics by Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle and activist groups to impose a state-wide smoking ban, a local group of rights activists have launched a campaign aimed at countering the drive to make Wisconsin a smoke-free state.
Ban the Ban Wisconsin is seeking to educate people regarding the biased and misguiding information that is being put forth by the anti-smoking proponents as well as counter the flawed arguments commonly used by supporters of smoking bans. Additionally, they actively support organizations and individual business owners who see smoking bans as a violation of their rights.
“This isn’t a matter of public health; this is a matter of personal rights and the freedom to choose. Wisconsin has more smoke-free facilities than smoker-friendly, and businesses currently have the ability to choose based on the market they serve. Proponents of the smoking ban want to strip that right away from private business owners and impose their personal agenda on all of the citizens of Wisconsin. This isn’t conducive to a free society or a free market.”
Ban the Ban Wisconsin strives to take an objective stance on smoking issues and doesn’t encourage nor discourage people to smoke; rather the goal is to ensure that the citizens of Wisconsin are afforded the right to choose.
“The smoking cessation movement seeks to end smoking across the state and isn’t afraid to trample individual rights and freedom in the process. To them, this is a personal mission which taints their objectivity on the issue. We are simply asking people to take a fair and informed look at the whole picture before deciding to jump on the ban bandwagon.”
The goal of the campaign is not to convince people that smoking is ok or that smoke is healthy. Instead, the goal is to encourage the people of Wisconsin to not willingly give up their rights to the government without first considering all of the facts and future ramifications of their actions.
“The smoking cessation movement and proponents of bans hope to foster support for their cause via guilt. We are working to strip away that guilt by presenting the facts in an objective manner and by giving the underrepresented a voice – even if that isn’t the popular thing to do.”
They’ve created a special website with more details.