Smoke-Free Beaches May Be Reality

Making Hawaii's beaches smoke-free is legislation that before has been proposed. Full Story
Frances Iaea

Honolulu, HI

#1 Feb 11, 2008
Here we go again! There is soo much problems going on in our state, that our law makers don't have solution to so why not take the problems and hide it under their desk and create more unrealistic problems, such as this here smoking ban on the public beaches. You can't catch all the marijuana smokers so take it out on all citizens(including prominent tax payers) and make them feel like criminals. First the shopping malls, then 20ft from entrances to all businesses, then all drinking establishments, now all public beaches. Where is the justification for all of these new laws? What happened to citizens rights for all? Is this not discrimination?

Since: Feb 07

Emigsville, PA

#2 Feb 11, 2008
"Experimental work (Mangan, 1982; Parrott and Winder,1989) suggests that nicotine...has a specific role in enhancing cognition and psychomotor performance. Wesnes and Warburton (1983) recorded that a single cigarette... improved performance on rapid visual information processing over a baseline score." Source:-"Pleasure: the Politics of Reality," D.M. Warburton, John Wiley & Sons, 1994

"Controlled laboratory studies have shown the improved memory and better performance at skilled tasks of smokers.." -Ian Hindmarch, professor of psychopharmacology , Univ. of Surrey

"Experimental studies of performance show improved cognitive functioning on measures of attention, reaction time, reasoning and memory [after smoking.]...The results [also] support the contention that nicotine enhances CNS function, and can mediate the influence of fatigue and boredom. Raised alertness, a reduction in drowsiness and the apparent lack of pharmacological tolerance to either may be important facts in the motivation of the tobacco smoker." -Sherwood et al, Med Sci Res, 1991; 19, 455-456

Dr. Peggy O'Hara, associate professor of epidemiology and public health at the University of Miami: "Nicotine triggers a sense of well-being. Concentration increases appreciably. Memory is enhanced, appetite is suppressed, and anxiety and tension disappear." Recent experiments at Columbia University reveal that [nicotine] triggers a neuro-transmitter associated with memory, learning and problem
solving.[It also releases] serotonin and dopamine" -"Pleasure of Smoking...,"Orlando Sentinel, 3/2/96;

"[Smoking] can improve memory, prevent brain cells from dying and--as smokers have long known--markedly reduce stress. New research on animals explains [why] smokers are less likely to develop Parkinson's disease. Rats were better at learning their way around mazes and solving new problems. Other rats with symptoms of Alzheimer's had memory and learning problems "completely reversed," said Edward Levin, associate professor of toxicology at Duke University" ...and even kept brain cells from dying when they were exposed to toxic chemicals that should have killed them." -"Study: Nicotine can help memory, save brain cells." Knight Ridder 11/9/98

"'In addition, Levin said ,'...other people have done studies with aged rats and monkeys, showing that nicotine reverses age-induced impairments.'" -"Burning Questions about Nicotine," NY Newsday, 4/5/94

"...can enhance learning, memory, cerebral blood flow, and performance of certain repetitive tasks." Dr. Paul Newhouse, of the University of Vermont College of Medicine, said researchers found significant increases in short-term recall, improvements in spatial memory and better reaction time on tests." _"Reasearchers Investigate..." New York Times, 1/14/97

"Smokers were quicker and more accurate [than non-smokers] on a test of working memory." -"Researchers Study..." AP, 11/20/96

"...In general, motor performance in all groups improved after smoking."
-"Individual differences in psychophysiology of smoking and smoking behavior," O'Connor, London University, Institute of Psychiatry. 0530, CDC Bibliography

And more citations:

"Effects of Cigarette Smoking on Human Information Processing..." Warburton et al, University of Reading, Department of Pscychology, 0574, CDC bibliography;

see also
Biomed & Pharmother, 48, 1994;
Med Sci Res, 18, 839-840, 1990;
"Research Suggests Smoking Sharpens Short-Term Thinking, AP 11/20/96;
" Nictoine Helps Focus," Courier-Journal, 5/31/04-- reporting on study in "Nature and Neuroscience, May 2004 by Sulzer et al,
Columbia University,

see also, Forbes Magazine, 7/4/94; Wall St Journal, 5/6/97
Craig M

Bloomington, CA

#5 Apr 16, 2008
As usual the local governments of most cities these days have taken aim at the smokers. I agree there are more pressing problems to deal with than smoking on the beach. This is absolutley crazy. As a smoker i always try not to infringe on others air space but come on a wide open beach ? Its time for politicians to concentrate on real issues and not just the feel good issues that they can put on their resume and pass it off as doing something.
Just my 2 cents.
Joe

New York, NY

#6 Apr 17, 2008
Nice batch of old "studies," often funded by tobacco.

Is bdjunker afraid to show modern studies, which have shown smoking's harmful effects on concentration, alertness, dementia and alzheimer's?

The ONLY proven beneficial effect of nicotine is on Parkinson's, period. IF nicotine in tobacco smoke might have a beneficial effect on the aging brain, it is defeated by accompanying blood-vessel-clogging tars.
Smoke Free

Parlin, NJ

#7 Apr 17, 2008
Craig M wrote:
As usual the local governments of most cities these days have taken aim at the smokers. I agree there are more pressing problems to deal with than smoking on the beach. This is absolutley crazy. As a smoker i always try not to infringe on others air space but come on a wide open beach ? Its time for politicians to concentrate on real issues and not just the feel good issues that they can put on their resume and pass it off as doing something.
Just my 2 cents.
I think the politicians are doing a great job with the smoking issues. I'm a voter and that's exactly what I want them to be doing which is making me and my family's overall life better and healthier.
I voice my concerns to the politicians and when they get enough people with the same views they research the issue, submit an ordinance and if it gets approved they enforce it, and boom many of the voters are happy.
What a concept, gotta love this country. Vote and get involved!!!

When you get on a packed beach and some a-hole sets up next to you and lights a smoke every 15 minutes thats wrong. Smoking is Socially Unexcepted in 2008!!!
Smoke Free

Parlin, NJ

#8 Apr 17, 2008
Smoking is just a dirty unattractive vise today, its like masturbation its ok to do in private but dirty to do in public. Nobody wants to see it!!!

“Stupidity keeps us SUCKS !!..”

Since: Apr 08

- Kuala Lumpur & Sheffield -

#9 Apr 17, 2008
omg..
fluteman greg

Collinsville, MS

#10 Apr 17, 2008
Smoke Free wrote:
Smoking is just a dirty unattractive vise today, its like masturbation its ok to do in private but dirty to do in public. Nobody wants to see it!!!
Then stay the hell out of bars and restaurants that have decided to allow smoking and leave your whining at home. Your health will be unaffected if a bar chooses to allow smoking and you do not enter. Win-win.
Smoke Free

Dallas, TX

#11 Apr 17, 2008
fluteman greg wrote:
<quoted text>Then stay the hell out of bars and restaurants that have decided to allow smoking and leave your whining at home. Your health will be unaffected if a bar chooses to allow smoking and you do not enter. Win-win.
Don't F'n tell me where I can and can't go!!!
Your addiction should have no effect on me and my family. If I'm sitting on the beach enjoying the nice salty air and some smoking addict sits next to me and lights up, I'm sorry but not in 2008.
Go up behind the sand dunes next to the F'n dumpsters and puff away all you want.
fluteman greg

Collinsville, MS

#12 Apr 17, 2008
Smoke Free wrote:
<quoted text>
Don't F'n tell me where I can and can't go!!!
Your addiction should have no effect on me and my family. If I'm sitting on the beach enjoying the nice salty air and some smoking addict sits next to me and lights up, I'm sorry but not in 2008.
Go up behind the sand dunes next to the F'n dumpsters and puff away all you want.
I believe I just told you to stay the F'n out of bars that permit smoking. I'll tell you what. I'll say it again. STAY OUT OF BARS THAT PERMIT SMOKING. Why would you want to go into a bar that permits smoking anyway? To whine? Of course..... that's what antis do. As far as the beach goes, I just got back from the beach and yes I smoked. However, I made sure to find a secluded spot away from everyone. If you or any other nazi anti decides to snuggle up next to me AFTER I WAS THERE first, I could care less about any discomfort you might encounter. Keep in mind, I initially was the one the found the secluded spot.

Now once again, stay the F out of bars that permit smoking.
Smoke Free

Parlin, NJ

#13 Apr 17, 2008
fluteman greg wrote:
<quoted text>I believe I just told you to stay the F'n out of bars that permit smoking. I'll tell you what. I'll say it again. STAY OUT OF BARS THAT PERMIT SMOKING. Why would you want to go into a bar that permits smoking anyway? To whine? Of course..... that's what antis do. As far as the beach goes, I just got back from the beach and yes I smoked. However, I made sure to find a secluded spot away from everyone. If you or any other nazi anti decides to snuggle up next to me AFTER I WAS THERE first, I could care less about any discomfort you might encounter. Keep in mind, I initially was the one the found the secluded spot.
Now once again, stay the F out of bars that permit smoking.
OK F'n Dickweed, the beaches here on the east coast are packed in the summer. No spare beach at all. If I put my blanket down, set my umbrella up, drag the cooler to my spot and a smoker comes and sets up after me, what I do? Do I tell him/her to get away? See what I mean, smoking and the beach don't get along. Again, YOUR ADDICTION is YOURS, keep it to yourself!!! I don't want to smell it, get it???
Smoking has no business in any public or private area. Smoking is a dirty shameful habit; you should be embarrassed to smoke in 2008.
fluteman greg

Collinsville, MS

#14 Apr 17, 2008
Smoke Free wrote:
<quoted text>
OK F'n Dickweed, the beaches here on the east coast are packed in the summer. No spare beach at all. If I put my blanket down, set my umbrella up, drag the cooler to my spot and a smoker comes and sets up after me, what I do? Do I tell him/her to get away? See what I mean, smoking and the beach don't get along. Again, YOUR ADDICTION is YOURS, keep it to yourself!!! I don't want to smell it, get it???
Smoking has no business in any public or private area. Smoking is a dirty shameful habit; you should be embarrassed to smoke in 2008.
You flipped it idiot. Of course if you're there first and I cozy up next to you then I should be particularly aware of not discomforting you. But if I take the time to find an area isolated enough (in terms of SHS) from everyone else, I will smoke until my hearts content. Go find another place that is more to your preference.

You should be embarrased to be an un-American nazi anti not only in 2008 but in any year. Shame on you. We have soldiers dying for our freedoms and liberties and you slap them right in the face by giving our individual freedoms away. Your kind of people (un-American antis) disgust me and are the most pathetic group of people I have ever known. I would rather live on the street with a bum than to live for free in a mansion with an un-American anti.

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