Support smoke-free city

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In the next couple of months, the Augusta Commission will hear arguments about the merits of instituting a smoke-free workplace ordinance in Augusta.

While some people consider this issue a smoking rights issue, it is not. It is a public health issue. Secondhand smoke is a known cancer-causing agent and a risk factor for heart attacks, stroke, cancer, asthma and other respiratory diseases. Smokers are free to smoke in nonrestricted public places, their homes, their cars, in airport smoking lounges and the great outdoors, but people who work in smoking environments have no choice, unless they quit their jobs and find new occupations.

Bar owners may worry that smoking bans will decrease business; however, smoke-free bars have a much larger potential customer base. Smokers constitute about 19 percent of the adult population, while nonsmokers represent 81 percent of the population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Why would a business owner choose to alienate a majority of his or her potential patrons?

As a pediatrician, it is my duty to educate my patients and their families about the hazards of smoking; to prevent them from taking up a highly addictive, expensive and unhealthy habit; and to encourage parents and caregivers to quit for their own health, as well as the health of their family members. As a physician and as a survivor of bone marrow cancer, it is my desire to prevent illness and unnecessary pain and suffering.

While smokers may decide to risk their future health for an addictive habit, it is wrong for workers to be exposed to hazardous workplace conditions. I strongly urge the community to support smoke-free workplaces, and for the Augusta Commission to vote in favor of this ordinance.

Alice Little Caldwell, M.D.

Augusta

(The writer is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.)

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/20/13 - 07:00 am
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Can you just not go to smoking venues? Are you mobile?
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Can you just not go to smoking venues? Are you mobile?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/20/13 - 07:01 am
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Are you forced to attend church? Strip clubs? X-Mart?
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Are you forced to attend church? Strip clubs? X-Mart?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/20/13 - 07:02 am
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Public health issue? TB patients working in restaurants?
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Public health issue? TB patients working in restaurants?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/20/13 - 07:03 am
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Public health issue? Pedophiles working in schools & churches.
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Public health issue? Pedophiles working in schools & churches.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/20/13 - 07:04 am
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Public health issue? Murderers roaming the streets.
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Public health issue? Murderers roaming the streets.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/20/13 - 07:06 am
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Public health issue? Processed food will not rot for 60 days.
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Public health issue? Processed food will not rot for 60 days.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/20/13 - 07:43 am
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Instead support a Liberal Free City

It always support something or another by a small group of someones, that always want things their way and others must conform to their life style and their wishes.

Those not willing to fall in line are labeled with all type and hate speech titles.

If that doesn't work then we hear about the medical or Personal reasons by a few to justify their demands on the many.

In this case those someones are blowing Smoke out their You know Whats.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/20/13 - 11:41 am
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I support a city where

I support a city where business owners are FREE to decide if they allow smoking or not........where potential employees are FREE to decide if they want to apply to work there or not.......and where patrons are FREE to decide if they want to spend their money there or not.

I am tired of having every nutcase that comes along wanting to outlaw something that they don't like when EVERYONE'S rights can be protected by making it a matter of FREE CHOICE.

The real problem here is that the busy bodies can't win in a FREE TO CHOOSE situation so they have to create a new law to BEAT YOU INTO SUBMISSION. They know they have to convince our commissioners to take away business owner's rights to CHOOSE so they can pat their little crusading selves on the back for taking away another FREEDOM.

What do you want to outlaw next. Hamburgers, sodas, elevators and escalators? How about makeup, perfume, cologne, ects. They cause people with allergies health problems too. Allergic reactions can be deadly almost immediately. Let's outlaw EVERYTHING that can possibly cause harm to someone else.....knives, forks, cars, trucks, ALL chemicals, perfumes, food additives, preservatives, all you can eat buffets.

Crusading is addictive. One day they will come for something that you like. It's in their DNA. Right Doc?

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RMSHEFF 07/20/13 - 01:44 pm
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Support Freedom

I don't smoke, and I don't like to be around smokers however I would NEVER try to dictate what free people must do just because I thought it was good for them. If a person wants to allow smoking in his own business it is none of my business or the business of Alice. It only involves those that freely choose to patronize or work at the bar. I don't think this country can stand too much more of this "I know whats best for you" mentality.

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Gage Creed 07/20/13 - 09:30 pm
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I notice the Doc has no issue

I notice the Doc has no issue with hopping on the no-smoking bus but gives a pass to the alcohol industry... things that make you go hmmmm

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/20/13 - 11:31 pm
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Ay, Yah, Yahy, Yah, Yahy

Again and again we have these letters asking commissioners to enact ordinances that prohibit business owners from offering their patrons the freedom to engage in a lawful act. The "freedom" thing to do would be to let the business owners announce whether their establishment is smoke free or smoke allowed. Then, patrons could make a choice of whether to enter or move along.

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smartin1955 07/22/13 - 11:33 am
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Here come the BS!
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Doctor of lactation????? She TEACHES people how to breast feed babies! Seems that common sense and a hundred 50,000 years of feeding babies should be adequate, but, on no, women are too stupid to breast feed, and, according to the MD (???) too stupid to avoid what they see as a hazard.

Dr Chicken Little Caldwell is busy yelling the "sky is falling", when it isn't and never was. Must make her feel important though, eh?

smartin1955
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smartin1955 07/22/13 - 11:36 am
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by the way
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Casper Wyoming just repealed the ban in bars there due to business losses. St Joseph Missouri City Council just refused to pass a ban. St Charles County Missouri Council just refused to extend ban into bars. Ofalun and Springfield Missouri are reporting 9 and 15 bars closed due to ban.

Towns are repealing bans and refusing to pass them. Do these nannies think they have a City Council now that they can bully and browbeat like they tried to do to the last one????

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