01/12/2006

People no longer are free to smoke at work. Factory chimneys are still not forbidden.

Yesterday something really cranked me up. I heard some high chief of the American Chamber of Commerce explain why people are no longer allowed to smoke on the job. This was his arguement: Smokers bring along costs that they do not entirely pay for themselves, like cancers from colleagues, other medical costs, lost worktime, etc... The smoker only pays for the cigarettes and doesn't pay for his friend who just got ill.

I agree with this, the arguement is correct. HOWEVER! The same arguement can put a ban on 'smoke' from any factory. Arent they 'smokers' as well? Sure they are, they also produce (very often even more!) toxic fumes, hereby bringing about costs that they do not entirely pay for themselves, like cancers from emplyees, global warming, other medical costs, etc...

Ofcourse the great economist from the chamber of commerce accidently failed to mention that. Companies have many, many more rights and freedoms than ordinary citizens. When will the world learn, when will economists learn, when will any employee from the chamber of commerce learn? Never, indeed.

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