Volume 93, Issue 67

Friday, January 28, 2000


Been waiting all my life for a bus like you

Nazi reference was not a laughing matter

Nazi reference was not a laughing matter

Re: "Smokers unite – fight the power!" Jan. 25

To the Editor:
I would like to express my dismay at Luke Rundle's likening of anti-smoking legislation to the deplorable acts of the Nazi party during the Holocaust.

Writing columns in such a senselessly inflammatory fashion may get Rundle a laugh or two (I see a bright future at The Toronto Sun for him), but using the atrocities committed by the Nazis as an analogy for requiring smokers to go outside to feed their habit is disturbing. It demonstrates... well, I don't know what it demonstrates. It certainly indicates a lack of sensitivity on the columnist's part, though.

Let's look at some key differences. Legislation that requires smoking to occur outside is ostensibly intended to strike a balance between the right of non-smokers to breathe clean air and the right of smokers to satiate their burning addiction. Nazis, on the other hand, deprived millions of people of their homes, personal property, freedom, dignity and ultimately their lives through some of the most cruel and inhumane acts humanity has ever known. The last time I checked, Canadian smokers were not being dragged from their homes, stripped of their possessions and shipped off to death camps on trains.

Smokers are not being persecuted – lit cigarettes in confined spaces are. Can you see the difference? I can see the difference. Grow up, Rundle.

Michael Robertson
Psychology III

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