Smoking Bans Galore

These smoking bans are confusing. This is an issue I follow very closely as I am a staunch anti-smoker. As of today the state passed a ban that would override the Philadelphia ban with a whole lot of exemptions. Some of them almost make sense, like cigar bars. There is one, however that is absolutely absurd. It allows smoking in small private day care centers! Smoker or no, I think everyone can agree that no one wants their children exposing children in an environment filled with smoke all day.

A few other places the state would like to allow smoking: nursing homes, mental hospitals and and adult care facilities. These are just about as bad as the day care center. The patients are sometimes just as helpless as children and deserve a clean, safe environment as well.

However, the state house is likely to debate their own, new version of the state wide ban next week which would allow our current Philadelphia ban to stay in place. The Philadelphia ban applies to all of the aforementioned facilities, as well as gaming facilities. Now that is where this could get pretty ugly as casinos are notorious for their smoking clientele. Sometimes with an oxygen mask in one hand and a cigarette in the other.

2 Comments so far

  1. Paul (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 12:37 pm

    I think I still remember the Good Ole (BAD) days when people still smoked on SEPTA buses (in the back) elevators and in grocery stores. I recall the grocery store one because, even though a kid, I asked an adult smoking a cigar to stop smoking in line with me!

    The private adult daycare exemption is mind-blowing- does this mean it is going on already? I guess some woman with a house and a few local kids is smoking?

    Maybe we just leave Casinos as Sin Citys- I think most of the clientelle are smokers anyway? Or set up a smoke-free room/section in them.

    The recent ban is in effect, finally, here in Ohio. It is pretty much a total ban, so I don’t think it weakend any local bans, including Columbus’.

  2. William (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

    actually the exception for nursing homes, mental hospitals and and adult care facilities, makes complete sense. Remember some adults are addicted to nicotene, and may refuse necessary care if they cannot continue to smoke while they are receiving care at one of these facilities. I can’t imagine any healthcare worker would want to be forced to effectively refuse treatment to a schizophrenic because the patient can’t stop self-medicating with cigarettes. That said, I haven’t seen a medical facility that doesn’t already segregate smokers, and have programs to help patients quit.

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