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Smoker's Rights

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Smokers' rights is a term that broadly encompasses one side of a debate about the imposition of restrictions on smoking in public places.


When first implemented, smoking restrictions were designed to separate smokers from nonsmokers. Where separation wasn't feasible, such as airplanes and elevators, they became nonsmoking areas.
In 1995, New York City limited smoking in restaurants to those with fewer than 35 seats, or with areas separated from the main dining area.


All 50 states in America have some form of smoking ban.


On February 4, 2009, President Obama signed the State Children's Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP) which raised the federal excise tax on cigars to 52.75%.


In October of 2009, Anne Gannon, Palm Beach (Florida) County tax collector, said she would not hire anyone who smokes due to insurance costs.


Many supporters of smoker’s rights look to the Public Accommodation law, introduced by President Kennedy in his civil rights speech of June 11, 1963. Kennedy asked for legislation "giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public: hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail stores, and similar establishments."


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