Madison County Smoking Ban Begins

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Beginning Tuesday, smokers in Madison County have fewer places where they can light up.

A county-wide smoking ban begins.

It covers all enclosed public areas such as restaurants, bars, stores workplaces.

Health officials say they will start issuing citations after a brief grace period.

Smokers caught breaking the ban could be fined up to $50.

For businesses, the fine is $300.

The Madison County Health Department passed the ban in April.


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  • by bob Location: richmond on Jun 17, 2007 at 12:06 AM
    The anti-smoking groups have accomplished their intermediate goal of gaining acceptance that second-hand smoke is extremely dangerous. The Surgeon Generals Report in 2006 states that there is no safe level of second-hand smoke????, There is no SAFE level of air. The report also says that second-hand smoke increases your chance of having a heart attack by 25-30% and your chance of developing lung cancer by 20-30%. Also, the report states that brief exposure causes adverse effects on your cardio-vascular system. This message seems to mean that any exposure to second-hand smoke causes these consequences. I have sent several e-mails to some of these groups asking if 1 whiff of second-hand smoke has this effect. I get back the usual propaganda with no specific answer. This leads me to believe that the claims can not be substantiated. The obvious goal of these tactics is to force everyone to quit smoking.
  • by JC Location: Richmond on Jun 16, 2007 at 01:26 PM
    Jamie...I have to call you on that. Second hand smoke is 3rd leading cause of death...I don't believe. Give a link to your unbiased research. What a minute...I found it...Smoke Hand Smoke is the 3rd leading preventable cause of death. Big difference when you add the word 'preventable'.
  • by Jamie Location: Madison County on Jun 15, 2007 at 01:08 PM
    You're wrong. I'm not sure what research you're looking at but I have looked at all the research--nonbiased research. Secondahnd smoke is the 3rd leading cause of death. There's nothing more to say. No one is asking you to stop smoking. Why fight this? Workers must be protected from seoncdhand smoke. That's the bottom line.
  • by bob Location: richmond on Jun 14, 2007 at 09:51 PM
    After spending many hours researching the smoking bans and supporting claims, I have learned that the anti-smoking groups are grossly overstating the health effects of second-hand smoke. This is being done to elicit a strong emotional response based on perception, rather than a logical response based of facts. It is working. Also, the studies claiming that smoking bans do not hurt businesses leave out the ones that will disprove this myth. The recently enacted statewide smoking ban in Tennessee, which takes away rights, makes a lot more sense because it exempts bars that restrict customers to 21 years of age or older and any business that has 3 or fewer employees. Further, when you talk about public places, you are talking about private property from the business owners perspective. The Madison County ban was enacted, and will be enforced by the Board of Health. This restricts access and accountability.
  • by JC Location: Richmond on Jun 14, 2007 at 01:55 PM
    I think that local governments should grant smoking licenses for businesses that wish to allow smoking. Much like restuarants that wish to serve alcohol have to get a license...
  • by me on Jun 14, 2007 at 10:42 AM
    the difference is there is already a law in place concerning drinking and driving. drinking and driving can kill innocent people just like second hand smoke kills innocent people. looking at fat ugly people isnt going to harm or kill someone. breathing second hand smoke kills people. i dont want my children or myself at risk because of someone eles habit. do you? do you people not care about your children breathing second hand smoke? with all the things we know about cigarettes now i cant believe how many people still do this around their children.
  • by 2 Cents Location: ky on Jun 14, 2007 at 09:21 AM
    Jamie, you are correct by saying that smokers infringe on your rights. I was a smoker. It does bother me sometimes to be around smokers but I'm not bitter about it. Alcohol can harm other people also. By consuming too much and driving, you could kil someone. What's the difference?
  • by Bob Location: Madison County on Jun 13, 2007 at 02:32 PM
    Gail--what on earth are you talking about? The outdoor air standard is 35, Richmond indoor air tested at close to 400 if I recall correctly. Smoking indoors creates way more pollution than our outdoor air has ever been. I think I'd get my facts straight before I opened my mouth.
  • by gail Location: richmond on Jun 13, 2007 at 10:44 AM
    why is everyone talking about breathing clean air, whether your inside or out the you breath isn't clean.....so what difference does it make if someone is smoking or not......ur breathing dirty air
  • by Jamie Location: Madison County on Jun 13, 2007 at 09:03 AM
    Jeb—we aren’t talking about hives here. Secondhand smoke causes numerous health hazards including but not limited to, heart disease, heart attacks, and lung cancer. Serious disease and death is involved—not hives. Secondhand smoke is the 3rd LEADING cause of preventable DEATH in the U.S. How can anyone defend smoking in public places when it's killing thousands of people? This isn't about the government taking over, it's about protecting the health of workers exposed to toxic chemicals that cause disease and death. Do you think the government shouldn't regulate our drinking water? How about the food you eat at local restaurants? We live in a free society with rules and regulations to prevent chaos from happening. Maybe we should just get rid of the police departments and just let everyone beat up or shoot whoever they want or let people drive around drunk. Could you imagine what American would be like without rules, laws, and regulations? We would be living in a 3rd world country. One more thing about RIGHTS. The constitution clearly says that my rights end when they infringe on someone else’s. Cigarette smoke infringes on my RIGHTS, by causing disease and death. I choose not to smoke and should not be harmed by someone else’s bad habit. Non-smokers are not infringing on anyone’s rights. Smokers can still smoke—just not in places where they can harm others! HARMING OTHERS IS THE KEY WORD. OTHERS. Get it? Not just smokers but OTHER PEOPLE are being harmed by smoking indoors.

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