But some experts question the main rationale for the bans, saying there’s not good medical evidence that cigarette smoke outdoors can harm the health of children and other passers-by.
Whether it is a long-term health issue for a lot of people “is still up in the air,” said Neil Klepeis, a Stanford University researcher whose work is cited by advocates of outdoor bans.
Ronald Bayer, a Columbia University professor, put it in even starker terms.
“The evidence of a risk to people in open-air settings is flimsy,” he said.
Evidence? Activists don’t need no steenking evidence. What matters to them is that the behavior is evil, and it must be stopped. Even the appearance of smoking:
The key word here is “evil.” Progtard leftism is a religious ideology, and one of its primary aims is to punish anything its religious beliefs regard as evil.
Since it is a faith that has no belief in an afterlife, it regards as its ultimate duty the creation of a hell on earth for those whom it sees as being sinners.