Do smokers’ rights trump nonsmokers’ rights?

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The Aug. 14, 2013, letter to the editor “New York, nor county has the right to tell us how to live” has an interesting Libertarian position and certainly valid.
The author’s challenge to provide an example of where anyone is forced to breathe second-hand smoke is equally valid.
Put in a situation where someone is smoking, the nonsmoker can leave or stop breathing.
On the other hand, the letter’s argument implies that the right of a smoker to smoke trumps the right of a nonsmoker to not smoke. As we say in the South, “Say what?”

Angela Sciulli