They have rights too & because they have limited smoking areas
They do still have rights some places but as the previous poster noted. Some places those rights have been legislated away. It's becomming more common to see cities/states that feel they have no rights at all. I've seen the smoking bans, so common today, go from restrictive to rediculous. First on flights, understandable. Then in public and private buildings, sports arenas, work places and then to restaurants. Now it's becoming bars and casinos. Worse, some cities have taken it so far as to ban somking outdoors in public and in your own car!
What was wrong with ordinances that required seperate areas with seperate ventillation systems or designated outside areas for smokers? Now a bar owner, you know, the person who owns, pays for, pays taxes on the bar! opening a smokers only establishment? Or perhaps posting signs that say this establishment welcomes smokers so if it bothers you, find another bar? In most cities with such bans, it's illegal. We've gone, as seems to be the normal course of such things, from sensible restrictions to zealous creations of bans that remove the rights of some to accommodate others.
I look forward to a few court cases challenging these outright bans as we had recently with 2nd Ammendment protections. Our rights are not and have never been group rights, they've always been and always will be individual rights. At least as long as we are a country based on the rights originally intended to protect us from Govt and not a country where the Govt allows us the rights that are for our own good based on popular opinion or the whims of lawmakers catering to groups (special interest, corporate and other) instead of individuals.
You may hate smoke, you may even hate smokers. But what rights are you willing to surrender next?