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Smokers Told to Fetter Their Fumes
Washington Post ^
| Jo Becker
Posted on 11/21/2001 6:25:03 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
Edited on 09/03/2002 4:49:35 AM PDT by Jim Robinson.
The Montgomery County Council yesterday approved one of the most restrictive anti-smoking measures in the nation, setting stiff fines for people who smoke in their homes if it offends their neighbors.
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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
To: Just another Joe; RikaStrom; Oldeconomybuyer; Gabz; Bella_Bru
More government intrusion from The Peoples' Republic of Scary-land. I swear, the greatest infringement threat comes not from inside the beltway, but from these whacked-out municipal governments who were 60s activists and see themselves as the behavior police. I know. I live in Broward County where we have one-party government run by a county commission stocked with dried up old commie hags like Suzanne Gunzberger.
The bill will take effect 90 days after Duncan signs it. Duncan said he does not believe that adding tobacco to a list of indoor air pollutants will have much impact. "We get little or no complaints about smoking, so I don't think what the council changed is going to have much effect," he said.
But with a law available I suspect business in the complaint department will be picking up.
I wonder if excessive drinking falls in that category?
posted on 11/21/2001 6:49:18 AM PST
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This one can't possibly hold up in court. It's a waste of taxpayers' money. Again, we have to "follow the money" to find out who is making money on this gig.
posted on 11/21/2001 7:17:06 AM PST
Does the law cover wood fires? Liberals love to burn wood fires in their homes, stink up the neighborhood, and then complain about cigarette smoke. What about them?
posted on 11/21/2001 7:32:17 AM PST
Hey, lay off the wood fires. I'm heating my home right now with my cook stove.
"We get little or no complaints about smoking, so I don't think what the council changed is going to have much effect,"
Then why make a law then? Just so that someone can use it against their neighbor?
posted on 11/21/2001 8:23:42 AM PST
"We think it looks like an extreme and unnecessary measure that would be burdensome for property owners," said Lisa Eddington, spokeswoman for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. "We will be evaluating it."
The legislation, which represents the county's first attempt to regulate indoor air quality, was initially designed to give environmental regulators an enforcement tool to deal with complaints involving things like mold, excessive dust, paint and carpet glue odors or gases such as carbon monoxide. Children in day care, the thinking went, should not be forcibly exposed to fumes from an auto body shop next door.
Duncan excepted tobacco smoke from the new regulations, which define indoor pollutants as agents that are "likely to pose a health hazard to humans, plants or animals or unreasonably interfere with the use or enjoyment of residential or non-residential property."
But a council committee chose to include tobacco smoke. . .
You know, I'm a reformed smoker (and of course, that's the WORST kind! lol), but this has got to be the stupidest piece of legislation I've heard of since clintoon tried to put gays in the military!
Yeah...lay off...I have a fire in my fireplace almost every night...I enjoy watching the flames while I'm smoking and drinking...I also enjoy the warmth it provides.
And I'm for extending this "smoking" ordinance to include cold-air breath "smoke" and bubbles-blowing (can't take any chances).
Rush had a blast with this one today. He had some caller actually say that she could smell cigarette smoke in her house which may have come from a neighbor's house 300 feet away. She blocked the odor by placing a tissue over her nose.
Some lies just aren't believable...
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