There is no such thing as a free lunch. You always want what you can't have. Cliches
referring to things we might want but cannot have.
When it comes to second-hand smoke, unfortunately, there is such a thing as a free
smoke - blown into our nostrils by unconcerned smokers. Second-hand smoke is what
non-smokers never want but always have - anywhere and everywhere there is a puff
In this day and age when the detrimental effects of smoking and second-hand smoke
are widely known, it is incomprehensible that so many smokers still smoke and generously
share their poisonous intake with all passers-by.
There are laws prohibiting smoking within offices and now in restaurants and other
public confines. While offices now are smoke-free, the same cannot be said for other
public places. There are laws that forbid smoking in public transport and transit
locations. These laws unfortunately are hard to monitor and the law authorities do
not seem eager to enforce the laws.
The police should try and enforce the anti-smoking laws with the same zeal with which
they apprehend persons who are speeding or parking illegally. Try parking your car
in a metered parking spot on a quiet Sunday afternoon and as soon as the time runs
out on your parking meter, the traffic police descend with eagle-eyed precision and
a steely determination to separate you from your money.