Thursday, March 29, 2012

Your Mail: Smoking ban burns her

Alexandria's ordinance that bans smoking in most places is ridiculous. I am not a smoker and do not like being around those who do smoke, but be realistic. Why would Alexandria pass an ordinance that they have no intention of enforcing?

Funny isn't it?

Put another way by somoene much smarter than I will ever be.

"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this."
Albert Einstein, "My First Impression of the U.S.A.", 1921

Court rules balcony smoking OK in Helsinki

The municipality had banned smoking on balconies because it disturbed building residents, but a lower court overturned the ban. The city then appealed to the Supreme Court but lost.
Pertti Forss of the Helsinki environment centre says the ruling puts the city at odds with guidelines set by health watchdog Valvira, the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health.

Sounds great right?

The very next day....................................

The ministry is now looking to write the balcony smoking restrictions into law.
“I think that after this [decision] we will have to strongly consider it,” said Paaso. “We are finalising our tobacco strategy, and this proposal is already in the draft.”
Changes to the tobacco law should be presented by ministers to parliament.

I am sickened by outdoor smoking bans,indoor bans,car bans.bans in your own home.It's all insanity.
Someday it has to stop and the end of this stupidity can't come soon enough for me.