Public Smoking In Louisiana
An Interview With Mrs. Guenelia Dye

This interview was conducted on November 6, 2006 as part of my research paper for College English I at ITT Technical College.

01. How long have you been smoking?

I’ve been smoking since I was 18 years old. I’m 56 years old now. (38 years)

02. At work you are provided with a separate smoking lounge. Under the new Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act, you will no longer have this privilege. How do you feel about this?

They have a right to do what they want, I don’t mind that. Its their building. I believe they can do what they want. Its their building, they have their rules. If that’s their rule then we abide by it.

03. New laws prohibit smoking in a vehicle when there are children present. Do you think this law is fair? Why or why not?

I have nothing against not smoking with children in the vehicle.

04. Do you feel that the people responsible for these laws are taking your feelings into consideration? Do you feel that your rights are being addressed? Why or why not?

I don’t think they take into consideration my feelings. Everyone should have the right to do what they want. As far as smoking, yes I smoke. I earn the money, I pay for my own cigarettes. I feel that they’ve taken that right away from me – to decide what to do with the money I work for to pay for this.

05. Are you aware that the state of Louisiana is providing resources for you if you choose to quit smoking? Do you think this is a good way for the state to deal with smokers? Why or why not?

I understand that. In a way I think it is because, if people want to quit, there is help out there, and that’s a good thing.


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