Bans on Smoking
Radio Q&A: 9 September 2012, Question 4
I answered a question on bans on smoking on 9 September 2012. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
Do smoking bans violate rights? Cities are banning smoking in private businesses like bars and even smoke shops. Are these bans immoral – meaning, do they violate rights? Does second-hand smoke violate the rights of non-smoking patrons or employees? What should be the policy for government-owned property like parks, court houses, sidewalks, etc?
My Answer, In Brief: The government has no right to ban or regulate smoking on other people's property, but it can do so for reasons of common courtesy on its own property.
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I'm Dr. Diana Brickell. I'm a philosopher specializing in the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I received my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. My book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, is available for purchase in paperback and Kindle. The book defends the justice of moral praise and blame of persons using an Aristotelian theory of moral responsibility, thereby refuting Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck."
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