I must reply to Mr. Kidd's letter, "Drinking more dangerous than smoking." Mr. Kidd, you state, "But if we smoke, we're endangering people's lives," discussing smoking in restaurants, and you say, "personally, I don't believe smoking hurts everybody, and I don't care what anybody says, it hasn't been proven that it hurts everybody."
Dr. James Bean, past president of the Lexington Medical Society, stated in his remarks to the Urban County Council and published in the Lexington Herald-Leader in December 2002, "We know that 53,000 people a year die in the United States from diseases caused by secondhand smoke."
This is a proven fact. What about people driving in cars with babies and young children who are smoking with the windows rolled up? The kids are inhaling massive amounts of smoke. Look at the side of the road next time you are at a stoplight. Count the amount of cigarette butts you see, as compared to, say, beer cans, or anything for that matter. You'll be shocked. Whatever happened to the car ashtray? Do smokers not want to dirty up their own cars so they trash our planet?