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What about worker safety?

March 19, 2011
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Am I correct in reading this that the Republicans are the ones voting against a real smoking ban? This is a very hot button item for me. I am always astounded to listen to any argument against putting this ban in place. Go to any major city around, none allow smoking and no one has lost any revenue.  How does government not get involved in employee health issues? Our company had the federal government all over us for digging a 2 foot hole and not having a ladder present! This is government absurdity at its highest.

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Bruce Torrance
CFO, Mainscape Inc.

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  • Figures Lie?
    The government DOES have work safety rules and a body to oversee them. OSHA is responsible for them and it has refused to rule on secondary smoke exposure. Why? Because the risk is so far below anything it normally deals with. At one point ASH tried to force a ruling with a lawsuit. OSHA wrote ASH and told them to drop the lawsuit or they WOULD set a standard and it WOULD allow smoking.

    As far as "no one losing any revenue," well, if that's true, then why not lift the ban? After all, if it hasn't hurt anyone's business why would they go back to allowing it.

    However, you might also want to explain why the State Goverment of Minnesota is lying when its figures show losses literally in the hundreds of millions of dollars JUST in its "charitable gambling" revenues -- largely bar-based pull-tab and Keno type things. What motivation would they have for lying? Google V.Gen5h and read the "Health Arguments" there. Note the graph of Minnesota official state figures on page 18.

    Michael J. McFadden
    Author of "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains"
  • Because...
    Workers are not required to work at a smoking establishment. They do so because they make that work choice.

    As far as not losing business because of a smoking ban, why not let the businesses evaluate that information and choosing whether to have smoking rather than government mandating a smoking ban?

    Freedom...it's a good thing.

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