Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Smokers move to the edge

Smokers move to the edge - News - Montana Kaimin - University of Montana:

Clemmensen said he is more concerned about the cigarette butts in his yard than students standing around smoking.
"When it fills up with butts, we take care of it," he said. "I have a feeling the littering is going to be more of an issue."
Vice President Bob Duringer, who will chair the Tobacco Task Force this year, said he had not heard any complaints from neighborhood residents on Monday. He also said that each complaint will be handled "on a case-by-case basis."
Taylor said he didn't anticipate any big problems with smokers, but acknowledged that the smoking ban is "a policy, not a law, so it's hard for us to enforce it."

Sounds like this is working great.No unintended consequences there.
I love how these places start a policy with no clear way to enforce it or implement it.
Or how they're going to handle complaints.
I doubt this feels like much of an improvement to the people who live near the campus.

A year on, smoking ban still flouted

ekathimerini.com | A year on, smoking ban still flouted:

Of the 27,260 complaints reporting offenses in bars and restaurants, nearly half (12,502) were prompted by patrons smoking on the premises. Another 8,692 complaints were about the existence of ashtrays on the tables while 5,414 callers called to report bar or restaurant owners for allowing smoking in their establishments.
Complaints were also made about the illegal segregation of cafes and restaurants into smoking and non-smoking areas.
KEEL reported receiving 366 calls regarding smoking in state hospitals and another 288 about teachers smoking at school.

How's that working out for you Greece?

Frederick resident: Let’s just ban everything in parks

Frederick resident: Let’s just ban everything in parks - Rosenwald, Md. - The Washington Post:

And: “I and many other people have seasonal allergies. Let’s ban flowers and grass from city parks. I also have asthma. Please, please ban perfume from city parks.”
She concludes: “Ban everything from city parks. We can all just drive by and admire the dirt.”
Do you agree with her?
Sadly I can see the appeal of banning everything we don't like seeing or looking at.
I work with the general public so I get the idea.
There are tons of things I'd love to ban,people who don't bathe and use deodorant are high on my personal list.
However I believe that if I don't like seeing or hearing or smelling something I have the ability to leave the area.
Maybe some people lack that ability?

This letter made me laugh pretty hard.