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Friendlier to fatness, but how about smoking?

Ted Balaker
August 2, 2007, 1:40pm

All sorts of groups claim to be "the last socially acceptable target of discrimination." How is the social tide turning when it comes to two groups vying for this distinction? Slate's Michael Saletan sees an erosion in social norms that frown on fatness. Case in point: Meanwhile, Michael Siegel points to a new Gallup survey, which finds that nearly half of smokers (47%) feel unjustly discriminated against as a result of public smoking restrictions. That's up from 32% in 2001. But there's also this wrinkle: Check out "the rest of the story" from Siegel, which includes some interesting musings on whether anti-smoking groups might be stepping out of line with public sentiment. Related: LA Bans Puffing in Parks Related: They would never--wait, they already have

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