Anti-Tobacco Signs To Be Put Up At Ok...

Anti-Tobacco Signs To Be Put Up At Oklahoma City Parks

There are 31 comments on the News9 Oklahoma City story from May 29, 2012, titled Anti-Tobacco Signs To Be Put Up At Oklahoma City Parks. In it, News9 Oklahoma City reports that:

Oklahoma City is hoping the only smoking you'll find at public parks is Barbeque.

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Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#23 Jun 6, 2012
Tunaboat wrote:
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yes there is a choice, wear a resperator a mask. there are choices. You can be struck by lightening walking outside but does that keep you inside? Just how much secondhand smoke does it take to harm someone? I'm 50yo and been around it all my life. People worry about the littlest things, I ate dirt when I was a kid and have swallowed things that would make a billygoat puke but people in this day and age run to the Dr. for every little thing. I beleive smokers are one of the least of anyones worries.
Maybe that explains your current display of stupidity.
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#24 Jun 6, 2012
That's it. I can't take all you intellectuals' getting into the act.

“Byte into an Apple”

Since: May 12

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#25 Jun 7, 2012
No. 1: Secondhand smoke has serious negative health consequences. I personally don’t care what you do to your own body, although the educator in me would advise you to quit for your own good. I do care that your behavior affects the health of others.

Unlike other self-indulgent behaviors like eating fast food or drinking alcohol in public, secondhand smoke is not singularly linked to the participant. The negative effects of smoking in public carry over into other people’s lives with a tangible, measurable, and sometimes permanent impact. Whereas eating fast food for every meal or excessive alcohol consumption is likely harmful to the individual, the negative impact on others is minimal. Some may argue that eating too much fast food may cause an earlier death and the associated increased cost of medical care is a burden on the taxpayer. While probably true, the link is weaker, less immediate and less measurable than the one between secondhand smoke and health.

Cigarette butts account for millions of pieces of litter annually and detracts from a location’s aesthetic. If smokers would dispose of their waste properly when they’re in public places, this might not be an issue, but the fact of the matter is that they don’t. The evidence is there, littering attractive buildings and the surrounding landscape with cigarette butts. A smoking ban would reduce litter. Although not a primary argument in support of a public smoking ban, it is still a credible one.

The lingering odor of stale cigarettes. In bars and restaurants and other establishments that permit smoking, many patrons find the smell of cigarettes to be unpleasant and annoying. Cigarette smoke tends to linger on people’s clothes and hair and takes longer to fade even after the offending party has left. Clothes worn to a smoky bar may still smell like smoke days later.

The right to a healthy workplace. It is the responsibility of the employer to provide a safe and healthy environment for its employees. While many workers choose to work in workplaces that permit smoking, others may prefer not to be around smoke but persist because they need the employment. A smoking ban opponent may simply say,“work somewhere without smoke,” yet I would argue that your insistence on smoking in public is not as important as that employee’s health and livelihood. Smokers’ unwillingness to control their urges should not force people to change jobs in the name of personal health and welfare.

Final thoughts. I must add that despite my argument for banning smoking in public, I do support a person’s right to smoke in private settings where the impact on other people is controlled and negligible. My position is that with the use of controlled substances comes the responsibility to respect other people’s health.
Rae

Atlanta, GA

#26 Jun 7, 2012
People smoking in public annoys me. I hate going to eat or shop places and have to walk past people SMOKING INFRONT OF THE DOOR
Rae

Atlanta, GA

#27 Jun 7, 2012
Michael Allred wrote:
As a former smoker, I can offer one view of this from both sides of the argument.

I remember being constantly annoyed at being forced to move to extreme distances just to have a cigarette. Conversely, I also remember that I always made certain not to smoke close or even upwind from children.

While I believe that smoking is a right, that right must not impinge on the rights of children to grow and develop without health issues.
If one chooses to smoke they need to be respectful of others who don't and move away!

Since: Dec 11

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#28 Jun 7, 2012
Tunaboat wrote:
I just love how people want to dictate to others how to live. You can make all the rules and laws you wish but until they have enough officers to enforce every single one of them those laws are useless. Granted this isn't a law. You don't see them jumping on the wagon to curve alchol any further even though thousands of people die from it's effects each year. And look at all the people who die of cancer that isn't caused by tobacco. I grew up with parents who smoked before laws were passed and you could smoke anywhere. I have no health issues and neithe does my siblings. I beleive over half of the finding with smoking is scare tactic's by special interest groups. There many things in this world thats going to take a life in a split second and stopping smoking isn't going make a differnce in the annual numbers or statistic's. Your going to die quicker from car exhuast from just living.
Spoken like a true addict. No smoking in parks and beaches is gaining steam all over the country. Get over yourself.

Since: Dec 11

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#29 Jun 7, 2012
Need A Light wrote:
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Tunaboat ..... since a multitude of jobs have been moved off shores, replacements for those jobs has come in the form of paid lifestyle consultants.The tobacco issue is the framework for all the new issues to be created. The big drink in New York is the latest on board, the lawyers will be lineing up for their big chunk.Those everyday needs for a lawyer are suffering with poor representation when these guys are only interested in taking on the big law suits.
The old saying if it ain't broke don't fix it is disappearing fast is it too late to get back what you once had ?.
Gosh.
Are you REALLY this stupid??????????
Lifestyle consultants??????????
You do know there are a LOT of lawyers. A lot more than there are big cases for. I can understand why YOU would have problems getting ANYONE to help you, but most people will be able to find adequate legal representation should they need it.
And YES, it IS too late to get back what you once had. The is no longer indoor smoking in most places and the number of places you cannot smoke outdoors is growing. Take college campuses, for example. Many are going completely smoke free. Any student who is caught smoking is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion. I think this is GREAT! If you do not like it, STAY HOME. Stay away from those places that do not allow smoking. Do not vacation in states that have bans. Do not stay in a hotel that does not allow smoking. Do not rent a car where smoking is not allowed. Hell, do not fly an airline that does not allow smoking. You can sit in your little room with it's yellowed white walls and experience the world from there, all because you HAVE TO HAVE a cigarette. The rest of the world will not miss you. Smokers make less money and have less education than those of us who do not smoke. We also do not waste our money on cigarettes ($8.00 a day for a 2 pack a day smoker at $4.00 a pack works out to be almost $3000 a year- less money to spend anywhere else). I think of people like you and grin every time I see smokers huddled outside a store, 25 feet or more away from a door, under an umbrella in the cold rain "enjoying" a cigarette. You think that lawmakers actually care about you? NO! They see you the same way as business people are beginning to see you. They see you as a pathetic addict, useless to just about anybody.

Since: Dec 11

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#30 Jun 7, 2012
Rae wrote:
People smoking in public annoys me. I hate going to eat or shop places and have to walk past people SMOKING INFRONT OF THE DOOR
If it is employees, take pictures of them and email them to corporate headquarters. I guarantee that will put an end to smoking in front of the doors. They will have to hang 25 feet away, under an umbrella in the rain, to "enjoy" their smokes. Does my heart good to think of the good you can accomplish by this. You will help others from having to go through that cloud of smoke on their way in, too. By the way, pass this tip along to other non smokers. The more of us who do this, the more likely a company is to enforce the smoking policy or get rid of those employees who refuse to adhere to it.

Since: Jun 12

Kitchener, Canada

#31 Jun 7, 2012
ItsAFact wrote:
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I'd suspect in his case since his captivity is self induceed that it must be his very own "Fart Glue".
:)
I suspect you are right ....it must be a hella of way to live a life 24x7
IMALWAYSRIGHT

United States

#32 Jun 7, 2012
I DO NOT SMOKE wrote:
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Spoken like a true addict. No smoking in parks and beaches is gaining steam all over the country. Get over yourself.
I support you 100%. It amazes me how smokers young an old continue to hurt themselves, all others and the environment. We need to not only tax their filthy habit, but deny smokers all types of insurance coverage. Mandatory testing.
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#33 Jun 7, 2012
Rae wrote:
People smoking in public annoys me. I hate going to eat or shop places and have to walk past people SMOKING INFRONT OF THE DOOR
CEOs of tobacco companies being allowed out of prison annoys me. I hate seeing people who might well have been or become close friends and knowing that because of those sick, greedy parasites and the ethical void in which their desire for profit functions those friends will remain either "might have been"s or "used to be"s.

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