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| 04 Oct 2002 23:00 |
British workers want smoke-free workplaces - poll
| LONDON, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Despite medical evidence of the dangers of passive smoking, many Britons are exposed to smoking in their workplaces although 85 percent believe they should not be. |
A survey by anti-smoking group ASH, Action on Smoking and Health, published on Saturday revealed that 11 percent of employees, which equates to more than three million people, said smoking is still allowed in all areas where they work.
"The population understands that passive smoke kills, yet millions are being put at risk," said Marsha Williams of ASH. "This survey reflects the widespread view that it is simply unacceptable to force people to work in smoky conditions if it can be avoided."
Forty-two percent of the 2,000 people who took part in the survey said smoking rooms were provided where they worked and 40 percent reported a complete ban on smoking in their workplace.
Eighty-five percent said the right to a smoke-free workplace outweighed the right to smoke during working hours, and 62 percent of smokers in the survey agreed in principle with workplace restrictions on smoking.
"Our respondents are sanctioning the fact that government should be putting the right to a safe and healthy working environment before the ill-founded complaints of others about smoking restrictions being an attack on their freedom," Williams added.
ASH wants the issue to be debated in parliament because it believes legislation should be introduced to protect workers.
A review of research into the risks of passive smoking by experts at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) showed breathing in second-hand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer.
The concentration of harmful chemical and gases inhaled by passive smokers are not as high as in smokers but they are just as dangerous.
|From: Joel.||Sent: 2/23/2002 6:27 AM|
| This serves as a reminder for those of us in countries that have altered such exposure. But not all of our members have that same luxury, some of our members are still in societies where smoking is a very accepted norm. But even these people should take heart and know that even when smoking was at its peak in America--people did quit smoking even though they were constantly exposed to the smoke of others. Today many of us enjoy the ability avoid smoke most of the times. Hopefully over the coming years all of us will have this ability. But just know the way that you can minimize your own risk of smoking induced diseases is by you always knowing that to avoid the highest exposure to the thousands of chemical in cigarette smoke is by you knowing to never take another puff! |
| The below picture was just sent to me by a long-term clinic graduate. He was in a clinic I ran back in 1984. He said I would probably appreciate this. |
It was titled a:
A Painted Ceiling in a Smoking Room
| Message 30 of 68 in Discussion |
|Sent: 4/11/2003 3:14 PM|
| I really like this one, because it gave me a good way to think about smokers now that I have quit. |
Other times when I have quit, I have played a little mind game where I decide to think smokers are stupid and disgusting and I can't believe I ever did that. But that never felt right to me and now I realize that it's because I didn't have an understanding of why people smoke.
I was having a discussion with my professor for the substance abuse awareness class I am taking for teacher certification. She is a never-smoker. She asked me how I could stand being in a restaurant now, when somebody lights up. She told me how rude she considered it, and that her kids would sometimes go right up to the smoker and say something. She asked me if I supported the new ban on public smoking in New York.
Well, I don't go to bars or restaurants very often (too poor!). I don't love it when somebody across the room lights up. But I know now that they are not doing it to make me angry or to be rude. I never was, when I was a smoker. I just didn't consider it rude, really. I didn't know that the smoke was gross. All I knew was that I really needed to smoke.
When somebody in a restaurant lights up, I'm not sure the proper response is to boo or hiss. Mostly I just feel sorry for the person, because of course they are not trying to be rude--They are feeding an addiction. I've been very pleasantly surprised how much easier dealing with my own cessation from smoking, and the current smoking of others is when you see it as an addiction instead of as a habit.
Now that I understand how much maintening an active addiction was stealing from my life (up to and including my ignorant rudeness towards those surrounding me), I am finding it easier and easier to live with the idea of never smoking again. I still get craves but they are easy to blow off in light of the fact that the alternative is so grim. Conversely, I am finding it easier and easier to deal with current smokers, as well--not as evil, rude people, but as people who are under the power of a force that is stronger than they are.
1 month 4 weeks
|From: Joel||Sent: 7/25/2007 10:06 AM|
| Governor signs statewide smoking ban |
By David Mendell and James Kimberly
Tribune staff reporters
9:15 PM CDT, July 23, 2007
Smokers throughout Illinois soon will have to step outside or into a private setting to light up after Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Monday signed into law a smoking ban that extends to nearly all public places across the state.
The governor's action, which state health officials said makes Illinois the 19th state with a broad smoking ban, culminated nearly two decades of intense efforts by anti-smoking advocates to curtail smoking in public.
The law will take effect on Jan. 1, stitching together a patchwork of local smoking bans passed mostly in the Chicago area in recent years.
Blagojevich scrawled his signature on the bill at Northwestern Memorial Hospital amid hundreds of joyous medical professionals, cancer survivors, health advocates and other anti-smoking crusaders. They said this day was a long-time coming after years of lobbying village councils, small-town and big-city mayors, state lawmakers and, finally, the governor.
"For me, this has been a 30-year battle," said an emotional Barb Nation, a Springfield resident who lost part of her lung to a tumor that her doctor told her resulted from second-hand smoke in the workplace. "This is a new day, an amazing day."
Yet as the anti-smoking advocates cheered and hugged each other, tavern owners and smokers across Illinois had quite a different reaction. Bar managers criticized lawmakers for succumbing to political pressure that they said almost certainly will hurt, if not destroy, some of their businesses.
They were heartened, however, that the ban would extend across the state instead of being targeted to specific locales. Currently, 44 communities have smoking bans, and bar owners in no-public-smoking areas have complained that smokers are traveling out of town to hoist a beer and light up a cigarette.
"I think it's going to cost me a lot of money-I hope I can stay in business," said Bill Broukal, owner of Cuzin's Tavern and Pizza in Tinley Park. "I don't think the governor cares-whatever looks good for him. I think the governor should let the people decide."
At Jake Moran's pub in Mundelein, which allows smoking, response to the ban among the 10 or so patrons ranged from the merely angry to the unprintable.
"It's the General Assembly being our new nanny," said Wally Degner, 70, of Palatine, a pipe smoker for 50 years. "After this they'll ban foods that are too fatty. You'll have to ask the state what you can eat and drink-they'll start regulating hamburgers."
Some home offices hit The law will prohibit smoking in all public buildings and in most businesses and government vehicles. Smoking will be illegal in bars and restaurants, as well as places ranging from student dormitories to private homes in which businesses open to the public are operated.
Chicago's smoking ban took effect Jan. 16, 2006, and covered areas including restaurants, CTA train platforms and bingo halls. But free-standing bars and restaurants with bar areas were given until July 1, to eliminate smoking. The state law would hasten that ban by six months.
Local communities are still free to pass more stringent no-smoking bans with those local rules superseding the state law, named by legislators as the Smoke Free Illinois Act.
Ringing endorsements of Blagojevich's signature came from throughout the health care and anti-smoking communities. Advocacy groups such as the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and American Medical Association have long waged campaigns to curb public smoking in the hopes of cutting back on overall smoking.
These activists filled the large conference room for Blagojevich's bill signing. They wore T-shirts that read, "8 people in Illinois die every day from second-hand smoke" and they held placards that showed a burning cigarette with the proclamation, "Weapons of Mass Destruction." They said up to 13,000 volunteers had worked over the years toward Monday's goal.
Activists hope that Illinois' action will keep momentum going for more states to follow suit.
Blagojevich said it took little persuasion for him to back the legislation.
"This law will save lives," the governor said. "The realities are that smoking kills people. . . .My only regret is that this took so long."
Smoker to try take-out That sentiment did not extend to all quarters, however. As she sat at a table on the outdoor patio of Jimmy's Grill in downtown Naperville, a Marlboro Light Menthol dangling from her fingers, Heather Pavlik said she considered the new law an affront to her individual rights.
"I think it's ridiculous that alcohol is legal and they are going to ban tobacco. It's just taking away citizen's rights. They're just pushing people around for no reason," Pavlik said.
Pavlik said the law will affect her behavior.
"This will change my attitude toward dining out," she said. "I'd rather stay home and eat take-out."
Restaurateur Jim Bergeron believes such attitudinal shifts will be common and will affect the bottom line of bars and restaurants. Bergeron and his father own Jimmy's Grill and Tessa's in Naperville.
"It is not good for the industry because it targets the regulars who make up the bulk of our profit margin," Bergeron said. "Smokers tend to go out three to four times more often than non-smokers."
Still, Bergeron called the full statewide smoking ban "the better of two bad alternatives."
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