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“Let smokers have their vice” (letter, Aug. 27)? I’d hate for this to turn into a war between smokers and nonsmokers, but some of the points made [in the letter] make no sense at all.

The writer says he doesn’t mind not smoking on planes or in restaurants, but thinks it’s not fair that he can’t smoke in a bar on base? What about the people who do not smoke, who have to be around it if they want to partake in anything an establishment that allows smoking offers?

I like to go to bars; I hate to have cigarette smoke curling around my head. Smokers can go outside and smoke, then come back in and resume their fun.

The writer also stated that soldiers cannot smoke in the barracks but can in housing. The difference here is that, in a dorm, the smoke goes into the ventilation and everyone then gets to “share” the cigarette.

I think people need to think about the people around them who do not want to smoke and do not want to breathe it in, instead of being upset that they cannot smoke in certain areas. They can still smoke; the military and places in general are just trying to make it so that everyone can enjoy themselves.

Alexis HilgertAli Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait


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