Saturday, September 3, 2011

Bullitt County Waits For Smoking Ban Response

Bullitt County Waits For Smoking Ban Response
The Bullitt County Health Department passed a smoking ban that puts restrictions on where people may smoke, citing health reasons for the ban. But the county government says it can’t do that.
“They said the board of health is not a legislative body so therefore they cannot adopt new regulation unless there’s a law in the books,” said Swannie Jett, executive director of the Bullitt County Health Department.
Bullitt County officials and several city governments say it’s not in the health department’s jurisdiction to pass the regulation without writing it into law, and the county government says that’s something it can’t do.

I have always felt that the various health departments in America had the power to go too far.For some reason this article makes me happy as hell.
Nice seeing someone call them on it for once.

Drugged Out America » Counterpunch:

Drugged Out America » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names:

In the nearly half century since the U.S. Surgeon General issued a report linking smoking to cancer in 1964, there has had a dramatic decline is smoking.  Since 1998, tobacco sales in the U.S. have declined by 2 percent a year; since 2000, there has been an 18 percent decline in the number of cigarette packs sold: 17.4 billion packs were sold in 2007 compared to 21.1 billion packs in 2000.
However, this has taken place with a significant uptick in the number of “cigarette pack equivalents” (CPE’s), non-cigarette nicotine product, totaling 1.10 billion CPEs.  These include: 714 million moist snuff, 256 million roll-your-own tobacco and 130 million small cigars.

Mostly just put here because it's true.
Morality isn't really helpful as far as drug use goes,it's damaging economicly and to the fabric of society as a whole.
Just because something is frowned upon or even illegal doesn't mean that someone somewhere won't do it.