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Richmond County Board of Health endorses extended smoking ban

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The Richmond County Board of Health voted unanimously Tuesday night to endorse a tougher smoking ordinance and to approach the Augusta Commission about enacting a stricter standard.

Currently, the city is under state law, which bans smoking in public places but allows it in bars and restaurants that do not serve anyone younger than 18, said Sadie Stockton, a chronic disease prevention/health promotion program coordinator for the East Central Health District, based in Augusta.

Advocates such as the American Cancer Society have formed a coalition that is targeting the state's larger cities to extend the ban to those businesses, said Lora Hawk, Breathe Easy Coalition manager for the cancer society.

Augusta was chosen "because you're already so health-minded," she said, with strong health care employment. The coalition is also targeting Macon and eventually Atlanta, Hawk said.

Savannah, Buena Vista and Morrow in Georgia and Aiken, North Augusta and Aiken County in South Carolina are listed as smoke-free in bars and restaurants by American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. Outside of 25 states and territories that have smoke-free laws, 468 cities and counties have adopted smoke-free ordinances as of July 1, the group said.

In 2005, Columbia County banned smoking in public buildings, except private clubs, retail tobacco stores and certain outdoor areas. It extended the prohibition last month to outdoor areas of most county-owned properties.

In its model legislation, the coalition cites studies on the dangers of secondhand smoke, including the 2006 U.S. surgeon general's report that found there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Businesses might have to endure a little bit of a burden from a stronger ordinance, "but in the long run they will see the benefit," said Clifton Dennis, a respiratory therapist at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics and chairman of the CSRA Asthma Coalition.

There was a clamor from restaurants and bar owners in previous attempts to pass a stronger ordinance. A telephone survey of 828 Richmond County residents by the University of Georgia in March and April found that 82 percent think smoking should not be allowed in an indoor workplace, 78 percent think it should not be allowed in restaurants and 45 percent think it should not be allowed in bars or clubs.

What's next

A coalition from the Richmond County Board of Health and health advocates will seek to get on the agenda for the Augusta Commission to urge the passage of a tougher smoke-free ordinance. The next regular commission meeting is at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/12/11 - 05:42 pm
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More Nanny State. Do not

More Nanny State. Do not want politicians running my entire life.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 07/12/11 - 06:18 pm
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In establishments for adults,
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In establishments for adults, it should be up to the owner on if they want it smoking or not and the customer to if he wants to patron that place or not with its policies or go somewhere else. No different than if you don't like the food, alcohol or the music, if you dont like the atmosphere due to smoking, hooters, strippers, drunks, etc..... find another place. Simple, you will be free from that health risk. And to top it off, you are more likely to be hit by a drunk driver and even contract something from the bathrooms at most places, than you are dying from smoke from cigarettes in an establishment you visit an hour or so once in a while .

TK3
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TK3 07/12/11 - 06:37 pm
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Step by step Big Brother

Step by step Big Brother marches forward.

dougk
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dougk 07/12/11 - 06:44 pm
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Even as much as I hate to
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Even as much as I hate to concur with Dixieman, I have to agree with all the posters thus far....I'm waiting for a cogent argument from those who would dissent from the emerging consensus.

copperhead
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copperhead 07/12/11 - 07:44 pm
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ALL of you know that the

ALL of you know that the government knows what's best for us and they are here to help us.....

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/12/11 - 08:14 pm
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Lifestyle control is just

Lifestyle control is just like taxes. No matter how much you give them they just keep coming back for more until they control your whole life......and all of your money. The whole east end of the county is full of smokestacks spewing who knows what into the air, factories spilling chemicals and pumping waste into the river, and ammonia tanker cars coming through the middle of town but they are more concerned with consenting adults who decide to stick their head into a bar where, god forbid, someone is smoking a cigarette. Busybody hypocrites!

dougk
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dougk 07/12/11 - 08:31 pm
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Busybody is right,
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Busybody is right, Dichotomy...the latest PC crusade.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 07/12/11 - 10:37 pm
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Ridiculous over reach of the

Ridiculous over reach of the government due to special interests if this passes. But, with no one standing up for the other side, many idiotic laws pass such as some of the ones for bikers.

Estblishments where NO ONE MAY ENTER below the age of 18 should be able to allow smoking if they so desire, especially in an bar or nightclub.

Adults are capable of deciding if they wish to enter or not.

If it is legal to smoke at 18 it is absurd to say that is isn't legal for someone to open a business catering to smokers 18 years of age and older and allow smoking in their business.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/12/11 - 10:51 pm
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You notice that you never

You notice that you never hear anything out of these Board of Health clowns except when they come back once a year or so and try to do something else to the smokers? It's okay though. They are saving me a small fortune. The more places I can't go, the more money I save. I save enough money by not eating out very often to more than pay for my smokes.

Sentinel
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Sentinel 07/13/11 - 01:27 am
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The nanny-state health nazis

The nanny-state health nazis are up in arms about smoking anywhere but in the middle of an open field about 100 yards from any subdivision, school, store or hospital.

They are NOT wigging out, however, about the acceptable levels of rodent hair, bug parts and other disgusting things they EAT when dining at their favorite smoke-free establishment.

http://www.fda.gov/food/guidancecomplianceregulatoryinformation/guidance...

But hey, the whole 'I-don't-smoke-so-I'm-better-than-you" superiority complex they flout makes them feel gosh-darned good about themselves!

What's next, the fat police? Sugar police? How about they worry about pollution? Oh, and calling Augusta 'health-minded' doesn't include getting a gun shoved in your face at the mall or car-jacked at a red light. We all know that the crime rate here is soooo healthy for all of us! As long as the criminal isn't SMOKING, it's A-OK with them!

dickworth1
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dickworth1 07/13/11 - 03:47 am
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Well if the board of health
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Well if the board of health is concerned so much about the air we breathe, closed all the factories that have smoke stacks, no more
charcoal grills, no more combustable engines, no more government
local or federal because of the smoke screens and and pollutants the
politicians disperse everyday, and no more board of health blaming
smoking on every respirtory problem in the world without any real
proof other than "may be hazardous" because of these die hard non
smoking advocates. Give me some real proof that smoking causes
cancer or whatever else you claim! By the way, I do not smoke but
my wife does and I am still alive with no breathing problems. I am
quite sure it shorten Gerge Burns' life because he smoked!

Cadence
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Cadence 07/13/11 - 06:20 am
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I do enjoy eating out more

I do enjoy eating out more now that the smoke from the smoking section doesn't creep over to my nose. However, I agree that banning it everywhere is overstepping. I always thought that they could do better at ventilation of places than they did.

Techfan
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Techfan 07/13/11 - 07:02 am
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Just like Savannah? Hmmmm,

Just like Savannah? Hmmmm, where have we heard that before?

OutnAbout
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OutnAbout 07/13/11 - 07:48 am
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I have never understood why

I have never understood why the concept that if you own a place and want to make it smoke free, you can. And the "survey" results they use must be from calling there own supporters. If we are still allowed to think for ourselves and this "survey" is true, then open your bar or adult dinner and make it non smoking! I am all for it.

TK3
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TK3 07/13/11 - 08:37 am
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OutnAbout I agree but Big

OutnAbout I agree but Big Brother once in place, will NOT let you make such adult decisions. Once the toe of Big Brothers jackboot is in the door, you will, without a doubt soon feel its heavy heel.

"If the people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." - Thomas Jefferson

Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/13/11 - 09:22 am
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dougk - why? I don't have a

dougk - why? I don't have a problem with you. Remember, even a blind hog gets an acorn once in a while and a broken clock is right twice a day.

Chillen
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Chillen 07/13/11 - 09:45 am
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Oh Goodie. More Government

Oh Goodie. More Government rules. Like we don't have enough already. Geeze.

dougk
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dougk 07/13/11 - 10:52 am
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You called me a "Yalie" on
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You called me a "Yalie" on here a long time ago, Dixieman.

socks99
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socks99 07/13/11 - 02:03 pm
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Stockton is right that

Stockton is right that smoking is bad for one's health, but she is certainly wrong about how to use the policy process to reduce smoking. Tobacco prohibition -- either through much higher taxes or smoking bans -- is unworkable and counterproductive.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 07/13/11 - 04:17 pm
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The people are saying, "Leave

The people are saying, "Leave us alone.". Can the politicians not hear?

marbee
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marbee 08/15/11 - 07:56 pm
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Wow! I was under the

Wow! I was under the assumption that bribery was illegal! Bribery: “The offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of something of value for the purpose of influencing the action of an official in the discharge of his or her public or legal duties.”
And now that there has been a major breakthrough funded only by grieving parents of a deceased child that cures cancer that neither pharma nor the NIH would fund and in fact refused to because a cure would put them out of business, should ANYONE believe anything their tax-exempt arms fund? modernsurvivalblog.com/health/major-cancer-breakthrough-squelched-by-pharmaceuticals-and-us-govt/
Like smoking bans or bans on raw milk and other natural things? Bans are an albeit brilliant marketing scam for pharmas own nicotine products.
These pharma funded bans are just that and they are meant to steal the rights of American citizens of their personal and private property rights. Isn't it time that our elected officials from the city level to the federal level be indicted for bribery and thrown in prison along with the grant makers?

marbee
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marbee 08/15/11 - 08:11 pm
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"In its model legislation,

"In its model legislation, the coalition cites studies on the dangers of secondhand smoke, including the 2006 U.S. surgeon general's report that found there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke."
The surgeon general based the ideology of toxic smoke on an EPA report that was ruled on as fraudulent by a federal judge. The surgeon generals report is then also fraudulent. The surgeon general did not have to testify under oath to the validity of his claim. If you tell a lie enough, people will eventually fall for it. Pharma pushes their treatments for everything from smoking to being overweight and protects pharmaceutical companies by attacking natural, non-patentable, non-pharmaceutical forms of cancer treatment and spend billions influencing legislators into making laws that benefits pharma. Smoking bans and french fries come to mind? Pharma owns the market on alternative nicotine, Splenda, and bariatric surgery.
UCLA School of Public Health's James Enstrom fired from that school because he adheres to academic integrity and the powers that be don't want him publishing his findings that are contrary to this agenda and PROVE that this is all nonsense! H. Barry Dellinger, PhD. is chairman of environmental chemistry at Louisiana State University and found that breathing in air pollution exposes the average person to 300 times more free radicals in a day than would come from smoking one cigarette. I say put the SHS issue on trial before this goes any further!

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