North Carolina Moving Forward With Wo...

North Carolina Moving Forward With Workplace Smoking Ban

There are 6 comments on the Http story from Mar 3, 2009, titled North Carolina Moving Forward With Workplace Smoking Ban. In it, Http reports that:

A new effort to ban smoking in workplaces across North Carolina has passed its first test in a state Legislative committee.

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Mocksville, NC

#1 Apr 2, 2009
GREAT! That is wonderful. Now if they will do something about the drinking, maybe we can reduce the drinking and driving while we are at it! Great news.
smoking verses alcahol

Burlington, NC

#2 Apr 3, 2009
first of all this smoking band and negative adds are rediculess ok maybe smoke does have a small part in harming the one doing it dont tell me that its goiong to hurt anyone else in that is arround me ive been arround smokers all my life and ive smoked since i was 9 years old i have hadchest exray after chest exray and they have all com up clean if cigs does hurt anyone i would have been dead by now im 41 now so no i dont think cigs do hurt bye its self its gass fumes chimecals and these compenies that polut the air and car exshaust fumes and bug sprays all mixed into the air that is killing and causing cancer i challenge fox 8 and anyother news to investigat this dont ask some idiot thats just going to say that its the cigaretts im saying take rat put it into a closed pin and put these polutents in it and see what happens to the rat i challenge anyone to prove me wronge and then and only then will i quit oh raise tax's on alcahol as well as cigaretts well this in responce to the voting discustion on cigarets a few of them said alcahol doesnt hurt anyone but the ones doing it they are fools to say that or drunks themselves cause alcahole affects those that get killed do to drunkdrivers or the children that get abused to their parents that drink tell them that dinking dont affect them tell the famelies thats lost children to alcahol that it dont affect them tell me that and ill put u in a car with an alcaholic see if it doesnt affect you any one want to deny this but can any one tell me how i can go to one of these voting meets so i can voice my opinion the news 8 doesnt want to tell everything so im willing to

Makati, Philippines

#3 Sep 17, 2009
i will do for the best on me
uncle albert


#4 Sep 17, 2009
Most jobs won't let you drink on the job---Bummer!!!! LOL

“Non smoking freedom loving vet”

Since: Apr 08


#5 Sep 17, 2009
Just a reminder of the sources of the bans, RWJ Foundation, owned by big pharma, and the coalitions, more concerned with "social change" than the bans themselves:

And what the 99 million dollars was going to. Note on page seven the "inside -out", provision going for patios later, AFTER business owners spend thousands of dollars to build them to accommodate their smoking customers, clearly showing that the tobacco control activists have ABSOLUTLY NO CONCERN about local issues or businesses.

Here's the "model ban" from page eight that many communities copied, printed, and passed. It's the "smoking ban for dummies" It only takes a few minutes to fill in the blanks naming your community, the administrators names, and blanks to customize it to your community according to the width of your sidewalks.

Graham, NC

#6 Oct 14, 2010
I think smoking vs alcahol should go back to school and learn how to spell. The ignorance is apparent and second hand smoke is proven to be and declared by the surgeon general in 1991 to be an absolute public health risk.
e Secondhand smoke contains more that 4,000 substances, several of which are known to cause cancer in humans or animals.
* EPA has concluded that exposure to secondhand smoke can cause lung cancer in adults who do not smoke. EPA estimates that exposure to secondhand smoke causes approximately 3,000 lung cancer deaths per year in nonsmokers.
* Exposure to secondhand smoke has also been shown in a number of studies to increase the risk of heart disease.
Serious Health Risks to Children
Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke because they are still developing physically, have higher breathing rates than adults, and have little control over their indoor environments. Children exposed to high doses of secondhand smoke, such as those whose mothers smoke, run the greatest relative risk of experiencing damaging health effects.
bar chart on health effects
* Exposure to secondhand smoke can cause asthma in children who have not previously exhibited symptoms.
* Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
* Infants and children younger than 6 who are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk of lower respiratory track infections, such as pneumonia and bronchitis.
* Children who regularly breathe secondhand smoke are at increased risk for middle ear infections.
Health Risks to Children with Asthma

* Exposure to secondhand smoke can cause new cases of asthma in children who have not previously shown symptoms.
* Exposure to secondhand smoke can trigger asthma attacks and make asthma symptoms more severe.
The Science Behind the Risks
1. Surgeon General Warning: Secondhand Smoke Puts Children At Risk
On June 27th, 2006, the Surgeon General released a major new report on involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke, concluding that secondhand smoke causes disease and death in children and nonsmoking adults. The report finds a causal relationship between secondhand smoke exposure and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and declares that the home is becoming the predominant location for exposure of children and adults to secondhand smoke.
* 11% of children aged 6 years and under are exposed to ETS in their homes on a regular basis (4 or more days per week) compared to 20% in the 1998 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).
* Parents are responsible for 90% of children’s exposure to ETS.
* Exposure to ETS is higher and asthma prevalence is more likely in households with low income and low education levels.
* Children with asthma have as much exposure to ETS as children without asthma.
Fact Sheet: National Survey on Environmental Management of Asthma and Children’s Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke (PDF, 2 pp., 89 K, about PDF)
3. Respiratory Health Effects of Passive Smoking (Also Known as Exposure to Secondhand Smoke or Environmental Tobacco Smoke - ETS)(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1992)
Key findings:
In adults:
* ETS is a human lung carcinogen, responsible for approximately 3,000 lung cancer deaths annually in U.S. nonsmokers. ETS has been classified as a Group A carcinogen under EPA's carcinogen assessment guidelines. This classification is reserved for those compounds or mixtures which have been shown to cause cancer in humans, based on studies in human populations.
In children:
* ETS exposure increases the risk of lower respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia. EPA estimates that between 150,000 and 300,000 of these cases annually in infants and young children up to 18 months of age are attributable to exposure to ETS. Of these, between 7,500 and 15,000 will result in hospitalization.

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