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Push for smoke-free workplaces appreciated

Posted: April 2, 2014 - 8:48am

Thank you to Mayor Pat Porter for her support of Alaska Smoke-free Workplaces in your paper and on the radio. I agree with her that all employees deserve to breathe healthy air. And thank you to Senator Micciche and Representative Lindsey Holmes for introducing the bill in their respective bodies on our behalf.

I am having a little disconnect however when I see that in Senator Micciche’s newsletter it says that one of the changes will be, or might be, that municipalities could opt out of the “statewide” legislation. The point of a statewide law is just that! It’s statewide and protects the health of all employees around the state.

It’s a little like having a statewide speed limit, determined by safety standards and then having opt out provisions — or how about just letting each place decide the legal alcohol limit?

I’m hoping I misunderstood this new caveat. So many people have worked so hard on this health issue. More than 400 organizations and businesses support smoke-free workplaces. For the sake of full disclosure, I have to say that I will personally gain nothing from this legislation. As a cancer survivor and retired person, I can avoid this health threat. For me, it is enough that employment opportunities for my friends and neighbors won’t have to include breathing toxins as a part of their job description.

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leewaytooo 04/03/14 - 01:16 pm
if only we could breathe air

if only we could breathe air that is not contaminated by

autos....... far more pollution created by autos than cigarettes.

and auto pollution doesn't stop at the door....

maybe if everyone walked or rode a bike... we all

would be in better shape... kids would have less time

to play video games and actually get some exercise ......

adults would experience better health and less co-pays.....

maybe that is the answer to the health care cost problems..

ban the personal use auto.... and build more bikes......

beaverlooper 04/03/14 - 03:11 pm
Don't go there

If you don't like cigarette smoke don't apply for a job where people smoke and don't go where people smoke.You have that choice, it isn't rocket science or brain surgery.
I quit smoking almost 20 years ago but I am sick and tired of the government butting in on every aspect of peoples lives.If people want to kill themselves one puff at a time let them.

leewaytooo 04/05/14 - 06:05 am
2009.........there supposedly

2009.........there supposedly were 254 million vehicles registered in the u.s.

per million vehicles........5.65 million metric tons of carbon
dioxide .......emitted out the tail pipe.

1,435 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per YEAR for

registered vehicles in the u.s. sure to add particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and volatile organic compounds.

and you thought you were "smoke free"???????????

what do the "smoke free" advocates and ostriches have

in common?

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