Clubs to go smoke-free

Clubs to go smoke-free

There are 189 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Nov 20, 2008, titled Clubs to go smoke-free. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

The Board of Health has ruled that all private clubs in the city need to be smoke-free by June 1, 2009, a move that many club members - smokers and nonsmokers alike - feel infringes on their rights.

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#2 Nov 20, 2008
shows the.....
Non-smoker

Manchester, NH

#3 Nov 24, 2008
Good, I hate the smell of cigarettes and im sure every non-smoker does also! Everytime im around a smoker it makes me want to puke all over them so they can smell what I smell coming from them!
joe

Clockville, NY

#5 Nov 24, 2008
Smokers also have rights
Get it

Smyrna, TN

#6 Nov 24, 2008
im watching wrote:
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where do you park. i want ot blow some smoke in your closed up vehicle, you scumbag
As long as you smoke outside.

BTW, he parks by the dumpster where you need to smoke.

“Fredneck County Md”

Since: Feb 08

Small Town

#7 Nov 25, 2008
Get it wrote:
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As long as you smoke outside.
BTW, he parks by the dumpster where you need to smoke.
fugetit.

Since: Jul 08

Whately, MA

#8 Nov 25, 2008
im watching wrote:
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where do you park. i want ot blow some smoke in your closed up vehicle, you scumbag
Nasty AND ignorant. At least you're suicidal.

Since: Jul 08

Whately, MA

#9 Nov 25, 2008
BobGaffney wrote:
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Nasty AND ignorant. At least you're suicidal.
Sorry. That was mean-spirited of me.
Angel Dust

Granby, MA

#10 Nov 25, 2008
What a giant F,U, to our veterans clubs, I dislkie smoking but I think thes clubs should be an exception.
Smoke Free Veteran

Lake Mary, FL

#11 Nov 25, 2008
Angel Dust wrote:
What a giant F,U, to our veterans clubs, I dislkie smoking but I think thes clubs should be an exception.
I and many veterans don't smoke. Why do you think the membership in the VFW's and American Legions have been declining the past 10 - 15 years? Membership is at ALL-TIME lows?

Many Veterans these days don't want to be exposed to Second Hand Smoke. They made it through the wars and surely don't want to be killed by someone ELSE's harmful smoking habit. Let alone their families.
If you want to smoke just step outside and then just step back in.

If the VFW's and American Legion's are going to stay in business they need to CHANGE and go smoke free.

Maryland went smoke free in all public and private bars and most are doing just fine.
Smokers have adjusted quite well and its just accepted that people don't want to be exposed to hazardous second hand smoke.

Maryland was smart and protected ALL employees and patrons and made it a level playing field and it seems to be working just fine.
emerald

Waldorf, MD

#12 Nov 25, 2008
I think that whether or not a private club should be smoke free should be left up to the individual members. There should be no government interference. If this happens, what is next?? Your family room????
Freedom

Niles, MI

#13 Nov 25, 2008
Smoke Free Veteran wrote:
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I and many veterans don't smoke. Why do you think the membership in the VFW's and American Legions have been declining the past 10 - 15 years? Membership is at ALL-TIME lows?
Many Veterans these days don't want to be exposed to Second Hand Smoke. They made it through the wars and surely don't want to be killed by someone ELSE's harmful smoking habit. Let alone their families.
If you want to smoke just step outside and then just step back in.
If the VFW's and American Legion's are going to stay in business they need to CHANGE and go smoke free.
Maryland went smoke free in all public and private bars and most are doing just fine.
Smokers have adjusted quite well and its just accepted that people don't want to be exposed to hazardous second hand smoke.
Maryland was smart and protected ALL employees and patrons and made it a level playing field and it seems to be working just fine.
Oh brother.

You really have some nerve. Your kind is destroying the clubs where those who fought to keep us free chose to gather. You do know that VFW halls could chose to go non-smoking any time they chose to. Your kind could not convince them to listen to your pathetic whining so you sought laws to force you will on your so called brothers. What a bunch of pathetic moral busybody control freaks.

Just to demonstrate how socialistic those like yourself really are....tell us...what form of government is most likely to declare private clubs "public space"...while feeling the need to "level the playing field"? Hhhhhmmmm.

It just does not get any more socialistic than that. You simply see the world through the eyes of a brainwashed socialistic control freak.
its about time

Richlands, VA

#14 Nov 25, 2008
Freedom wrote:
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You simply see the world through the eyes of a brainwashed socialistic control freak.
The first step in addressing an addiction problem is admitting that you have one....

“Just Say No to Smoking Bans”

Since: Jul 07

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#15 Nov 25, 2008
Smoke Free Veteran wrote:
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I and many veterans don't smoke. Why do you think the membership in the VFW's and American Legions have been declining the past 10 - 15 years? Membership is at ALL-TIME lows?
Many Veterans these days don't want to be exposed to Second Hand Smoke. They made it through the wars and surely don't want to be killed by someone ELSE's harmful smoking habit. Let alone their families.
If you want to smoke just step outside and then just step back in.
If the VFW's and American Legion's are going to stay in business they need to CHANGE and go smoke free.
Maryland went smoke free in all public and private bars and most are doing just fine.
Smokers have adjusted quite well and its just accepted that people don't want to be exposed to hazardous second hand smoke.
Maryland was smart and protected ALL employees and patrons and made it a level playing field and it seems to be working just fine.
HA HA HA HA HA HA You changed your name AGAIN. I believe you hold the record for most name changes. Unfortunately, you keep repeating the same lies.
You ve got to be kidding

Rensselaer, NY

#16 Nov 25, 2008
What happened to this is a free country? I don't smoke but if it is a private club or establishment then it should be the owners/members choice. As far as the rest of it goes, as long as I don't have to smell it then I am fine with people smoking. I also think the seatbelt law should apply to children only...I use one but not using one would only hurt me not you....same as the helmet law...if you don't use one you are an idiot in my opinion..but I don't think you should be forced to wear one. This country was founded by people who were looking to protect their civil liberties..what is happening to this country?
Freedom

United States

#17 Nov 25, 2008
its about time wrote:
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The first step in addressing an addiction problem is admitting that you have one....
So this is the answer you give to the non-smokers who oppose your new brand of socialism?

The sooner you admit your addiction to socialistic principles...the sooner your recovery can begin.
KHartman

Cincinnati, OH

#18 Nov 25, 2008
From the article:

"Larry Anderson, a VFW officer, said that while he's heard a few complaints, the ban is inevitable."

"Soon, the only place you're going to be able to smoke is in your house," he said. "I've smoked for 48 years, and I quit a week ago. I figured I might as well, since I wouldn't be able to smoke here."

“Fredneck County Md”

Since: Feb 08

Small Town

#19 Nov 25, 2008
Smoke Free Veteran wrote:
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I and many veterans don't smoke. Why do you think the membership in the VFW's and American Legions have been declining the past 10 - 15 years? Membership is at ALL-TIME lows?
Many Veterans these days don't want to be exposed to Second Hand Smoke. They made it through the wars and surely don't want to be killed by someone ELSE's harmful smoking habit. Let alone their families.
If you want to smoke just step outside and then just step back in.
If the VFW's and American Legion's are going to stay in business they need to CHANGE and go smoke free.
Maryland went smoke free in all public and private bars and most are doing just fine.
Smokers have adjusted quite well and its just accepted that people don't want to be exposed to hazardous second hand smoke.
Maryland was smart and protected ALL employees and patrons and made it a level playing field and it seems to be working just fine.
Maryland went smoke free but the bars, clubs, and restaurants which are thriving did not!

[email protected]!
eddie

Springfield, MA

#20 Nov 26, 2008
simple problem simple soloution.....no one is stopping smokers from banding together to form their own clubs,,,,suggested names,,,

North american Chimney Poppers

Pittsfield Soot stacks

Berkshire County Haze Makers

Pittsfield Hack and Spit Club

just trying to help

“Non smoking freedom loving vet”

Since: Apr 08

Chicago

#21 Nov 26, 2008
Now that kids are getting more smoke than ever before with adults gathering at homes instead of at bars with their adult friends, a ban in private homes can't be far off. One town fined a strip club for smoking. Now that it's a "public place" they probably can't keep kids from entering, as they used to when it was "private"
MarlBoro Man

Belchertown, MA

#22 Nov 26, 2008
I like cigaretts.They have done to workplace jerks what I would have liked to do to them.In other words three of the biggest workplace back stabbers I ever worked with are now taking a dirt nap thanks to cigaretts. Ever notice how most workplace jerks also happen to smoke?

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