Friday, March 7, 2008

A victory for Hemminghaus

This is a noteworthy post from the IL Smokers Group. Me broke up the links on this post into numbered links. So readers can actually click the links.


From West Frankfort, IL. Jon Hemminghaus, the owner of the Wounded
Rig, installed a sign in front of his boat repair business which

"My Place, My Choice, Smoking Allowed"

"I don't smoke cigarettes," he said. "I used to smoke but I quit five
years ago. I don't think it's right they are telling me what I can do
in my own place. I bought and paid for that place. If somebody wants
to come in and smoke a cigarette they are more than welcome to it."

"This country was founded on civil disobedience, " Hemminghaus
said. "It has gotten to where, now, people are afraid to get into
trouble. It kind of makes me mad that everybody has turned into
cowards. I don't smoke but if everyone would stand together on this

Mr. Hemminghaus is correct, I have watched 158+ local bars &
restaurants go out of business as they complied with the revenue
damaging smoking bans, because they were afraid of getting into
trouble and losing their establishment. I have asked more than one
bankrupt owner, since the bans are eliminating customers and business
to the point of forcing you to close your doors for good anyway, what
would be the harm in defying the bans to begin with? If everyone
would stand up for freedom in an act of civil disobedience these laws
would get repealed in no time.

In the words of Mr. Hemminghaus ...It kind of makes me mad that
everybody has turned into cowards. Readers may have noticed that we
at Clearing the Air refuse to go silentlty into that dark night of
defeat, especially in light air quality test results that prove
secondhand smoke IS NOT a workplace health hazard.

Air quality testing by Johns Hopkins University, the American Cancer
, a Minnesota Environmental Health Department, and various
researchers whose testing and report was also peer reviewed and
published in the esteemed British Medical Journal..... .prove that
secondhand smoke is 2.6 - 25,000 times SAFER than occupational (OSHA)
workplace regulations:





Inspired by Hemminghaus' s words, smoking is now also allowed at
Clearing the Air's corporate offices..... ..smoke 'em if you got 'em.

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