Monday, January 16, 2012

Smoking areas needed

Smoking areas needed:

I recently had the opportunity to stay with my parents in a seniors home in Edmonton.
I smoke, so I would join the smokers out-side.
I was appalled that these senior citizens do not have a shelter to smoke in. I am talking about seniors in wheelchairs and walkers.
They pay enough money to be afforded a shelter. Most of these seniors are unable to quit smoking at this time in their lives. It is one of the few enjoyments they have left.
I can understand that they are not allowed to have a cigarette in their suite; it would be far too difficult to evacuate all those seniors should there be a fire.
As it got colder and windier, there were fewer people smoking and I heard rumours that they were smoking in their rooms.

I never know exactly what to write about these things,I read them and I'm sickened and disgusted at how we treat our elderly.
In so many ways I am glad my elderly parents who both smoke live with me.
I hate the idea of them being treated like unwanted,unliked people because they choose to smoke.

Public quizzes lawmakers about smoking law

Public quizzes lawmakers about smoking law » Local News » Goshen News, Goshen, IN:

A woman in the audience reminded the lawmakers that many view the ban as a workplace issue.

“It’s tough for me to have government tell me what I can and cannot do when it’s a legal substance,” Yoder said.

At the same time, Yoder said he’s not a fan of local ordinances that ban smoking because it gives businesses just outside a city’s limits an unfair advantage.

Property rights vs the rights of smokers.
I wonder who's going to win this one?
Some part of me wonders when people will take a good long look at the way the economy has tanked everywhere since indoor smoking bans have been implemented.
Take this as an example or even this .
I know these are old,but they show the numbers and count the losses better than I ever can.
This is only from one place.
I shudder to think of the losses on a global scale.
The last link is more recent,but it too only focuses on a few places.