Saturday, January 23, 2010

You can't reduce tobacco use

The following is a citation from dis VA-based article, with my comments included from the citation.


>>>The ACS also wants local, state and federal authorities to take these steps:

Increase regulation of all tobacco products.

Dis ain't gonna reduce tobacco use. It will make tobacco the Prohibition of the 21st century.

Increase health warnings on tobacco packaging.

ROFL if anyone thinks dis idea will reduce tobacco use! I actually doubt even if you saw health warnings on fast food packaging people would pay sh!t attention to the warnings. Likewise, tobacco users have paid sh!t attention to health warnings for years. Bigga warnings on a cig pack still ain't gonna scare me.

Decrease exposure to secondhand smoke.

SHS was neva a bad thang to begin with. How about decreasing exposure to some REAL fumes?

Decrease illicit trade and smuggling.

Good luck with dis idea, antismoking mofos! As long as cigs are expensive as he!!. the cig black market will neva go away.

Decrease youth access to tobacco.

The cig black market plays a role in youths getting access to tobacco. If you lucky, you can stop youths from accessing tobacco in a normal store. But you can't stop em from buying packs from cig bootleggas.

IL Smokers can't be criminally prosecuted

http://www.courthou 2010/01/22/ 23949.htm
(CN) - Smokers can't be criminally prosecuted for violating the Smoke Free Illinois Act, an Illinois appeals court ruled.
Kathleen Kane got a ticket for smoking at Woody's Tavern in Will County, Ill. She was convicted and sentenced to six months of court supervision and had to pay a $231 fine.

She appealed the denial of her post-trial motion challenging the constitutionality of the Act and her prosecution in criminal courts.
Judge Daniel Schmidt of the Third District Court of Appeals agreed with Kane and reversed her conviction.

"Our review of the Smoke Free Act requires us to find, as defendant requests, that the State may not prosecute violations of the Smoke Free Act through criminal proceedings in the circuit courts," Schmidt wrote.

"Reading the Smoke Free Act as a whole, it is clear that the Legislature intended violations of the Smoke Free Act to be enforced administratively, not in criminal proceedings, " the judge added.

Friday, January 22, 2010

No smoking for new hospital workers

Anotha reason why antis should leave some smokers alone. It might cause you to feel pain from me if you gonna tell me I can't even smoke during off-hours of me having a hospital job. And believe me, I'm being nice with those comments. ;)


Another reason to torch that tobacco habit - it can cost you a job.

As of Feb. 1, Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn., won’t hire anyone who smokes or chews tobacco, reports

A statement issued by the healthcare facility notes that new hires must undergo a test for nicotine, along with the usual battery of drug tests.

That statement, in part read: “Effective February 1, 2010, Memorial Health Care System will no longer hire individuals who use tobacco or nicotine products in any form.”

The hiring ban is designed, the noticed pointed out, to have a far-reaching interest. It reads, “Memorial Health Care System and its affiliates recognize the major importance of associates' health and well being, and the responsibility of maintaining a healthy and safe environment for all associates, volunteers, patients and visitors.”

Memorial Hospital joins a number of U.S. companies that don’t want employees who smoke, and that includes during off-hours.