Lileks: Park purity threatened by … scented mist?

  • by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 7, 2014 - 3:13 PM

It’s only a matter of time before Minneapolis bans smoking in public parks. Nonsmokers don’t want to smell cigarette smoke. They never did, but now the smell of a heater is regarded as a violation of the social compact. It’s like swearing loudly, breaking wind and shouting “Heil Hitler”: You are free to do these things in your own house, but in public it marks you as a déclassé individual. That’s the prevailing view, and good luck arguing otherwise.

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