Make Augusta smoke-free

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Over the past 30 years, my band and I have been blessed with many opportunities to sing and perform in venues across the Southeast and internationally – including tours with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.

Until recently, every club in which we performed allowed smoking. I’ve experienced a number of throat problems, including three surgeries on my vocal cords, which my doctor has attributed partly to my continual exposure to smoking environments – and I don’t even smoke.

Speaking from the entertainers’ point of view, smoking in workplaces has affected me personally – so much so that, when we can, we choose to perform in smoke-free venues. It’s not only an irritant – it also affects my livelihood and my voice.

Everyone does have the right to smoke if they choose to, but we also have the right not to breathe their smoke. So where do we draw the line? Do we put up with it at the risk of losing our livelihoods? Or do we ask people who choose to smoke to just take it outside for a few minutes?

I support a smoke-free ordinance in Augusta, and I invite the public to show their support.

Tony Howard

Augusta

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/01/13 - 08:22 am
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Outside

After you get your smoke-free law passed for bars, will you then start lobbying for smoke-free laws outside?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/01/13 - 09:31 am
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Is Sconyer's pit area smoke free? Julian Smith pit area?
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Is Sconyer's pit area smoke free? Julian Smith pit area?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/01/13 - 09:32 am
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Let's attack Burger King. The make a lot of smoke.
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Let's attack Burger King. The make a lot of smoke.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/01/13 - 01:17 pm
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Any other legal activities
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Any other legal activities that you would like banned?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/01/13 - 01:18 pm
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Who was it that forced you to
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Who was it that forced you to work in those clubs against your will?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/01/13 - 01:38 pm
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Gee Tony, just give us our

Gee Tony, just give us our "smoking only" bars and we who choose to patronize a bar that allows smoking will just listen to a good DJ. You don't have to sing for us. Oh wait.....that's not what you want. You want to get the benefit of our money but not allow us to enjoy ourselves. Now I understand.

It's a simple solution Tony....allow smoking only establishments and then you stay out of them. No need to go all Gestapo in a free country where people can make their own choices about which bar or restaurant to patronize.....or in you case, benefit from the patron's money.

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BANTOBACCODRUG 09/01/13 - 09:26 pm
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No right to smoke - EVER!
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What gave you the idea that there was EVER any "right" to smoke? That's a load of crapola from the tobacco pushers, who are guilty of murder and genocide of the human race!

BAN ALL SMOKING, EVERYWHERE, NOW! NO RIGHT TO SMOKE around others, EVER!

TOXIC TOBACCO SMOKE KILLS 180 INNOCENT Americans EVERY DAY!

KSL
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KSL 09/01/13 - 09:44 pm
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Ahh

Because you said so.

KSL
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KSL 09/01/13 - 09:54 pm
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Bant, the poster who

Bant, the poster who proclaimed on July 24th that tobacco is an illegal drug and smokers are losers.

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CobaltGeorge 09/01/13 - 10:04 pm
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I Would Rather Ban

gun smoke in Augusta. It kills people a heck of lot faster than tobacco smoke.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/01/13 - 10:32 pm
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Innocence

New poster BANTOBACCODRUG posted:

TOXIC TOBACCO SMOKE KILLS 180 INNOCENT Americans EVERY DAY!

There are none of us innocent, not one.

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thauch12 09/01/13 - 10:36 pm
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^Ignorance rears its ugly

^Ignorance rears its ugly head once again in Augusta...
It's amazing how you people will let others suffer and die because of your perceived "rights."

thauch12
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thauch12 09/01/13 - 10:36 pm
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^Ignorance rears its ugly

^Ignorance rears its ugly head once again in Augusta...
It's amazing how you people will let others suffer and die because of your perceived "rights."

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Gage Creed 09/01/13 - 11:35 pm
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^Yes...the truly ignorant are

^Yes...the truly ignorant are not cognizant of the rights of others... because it's all about how they "feel"

Say... isn't "you people" one of those non-pc code words only the unwashed masses would ever mutter?

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 09/02/13 - 02:16 am
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Blah

Make it crime free while you're at it. They both stand about the same chance

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 09/02/13 - 02:21 am
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Ban

You would make a great Nazi.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/02/13 - 03:33 am
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Cigarettes are the only

Cigarettes are the only product in America that, when used as designed, marketed, and instructed, KILL THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE EVERY YEAR.

Americans would never stand for this with any other product.

This is not about how I "feel", but is the truth.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 09/02/13 - 07:57 am
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Automobiles.... Fast

Automobiles.... Fast Food..... Obesity.... Got any more truths?

Darby
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Darby 09/02/13 - 10:22 am
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I completely support the right of business

owners to decide whether to operate smoke free or not.

On the other hand, I will not patronize any establishment that allows smoking.

I support your right to smoke, but suspect that you have a screw loose if you do.

Simple enough!?

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Fiat_Lux 09/02/13 - 06:01 pm
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I line up totally with Darby

Businesses should be able to regulate what legal activities are allowed on their own premises, but when it comes to cigarette smoke, it needs to be contained completely within that business and not outside of it.

I won't go where you are, and you darn well better not bring your smoke where I am. I tend to favor the right of asthmatics to breathe without a surprise bronchial shutdown from walking through a cloud of cigarette smoke over your right to destroy your lungs in public places.

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oldredneckman96 09/02/13 - 09:11 pm
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Addicts
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Real easy to see who is addicted to tobacco and who is not on this one. If I placed a poster at the school your child goes to advertising for a child porn star I bet you would (and should) tar and feather me and ride me out of town on a rail. Why does anyone let tobacco advertise to children to smoke? Why would anyone let someone knowingly spray poison wantonly in public? Owning a “public” business is just that, a contract with the public, if you want to suck yourself to death on tobacco, do it in private. If we do not let you urinate on the sidewalk, why let you smoke? Both have similar harmful effects on the public. Even States that are dumb enough to allow pot smoking have strong laws against public smoking.

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Echoes86 09/05/13 - 11:47 am
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Smoker

I'm a smoker, but I do take it outside. Even as a smoker, a room full of smoke can be unbearable and it gives me a headache. I do, however, think it should be up to the owner of the establishment to decide whether or not they'll get more business by allowing smoking or not.

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corgimom 09/05/13 - 04:50 pm
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So all of you that are for

So all of you that are for smoking, are ok with the idea that an employer has no duty to provide his employees with a safe workplace, and it's perfectly ok to expose innocent people to carcinogens?

That's a very interesting concept, because I guarantee that 100% of you would not like it if your employer decided that it was ok for you to be exposed to something that would kill you, and if you didn't like it, work somewhere else. And all you were trying to do is earn an honest living.

People have no idea how much worker safety laws have helped their lives over the years. Back in the bad old days, many people died from workplace hazards.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 09/08/13 - 09:46 pm
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PEL... perhaps you should

PEL... perhaps you should look into this... You do understand that some of us are exposed to things that could harm or kill us at work EVERYDAY...

We each choose the risk/reward that fits our individual situation...

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mike1sc 09/14/13 - 05:53 am
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Smoker's Rights?

As I went down the various posts it was easy to see and separate the smokers from the non-smokers. I used to play a game while sitting in the airport waiting for a connecting flight. It was so easy to determine who the smokers were and who weren't. The hacking "smoker's cough" was a dead giveaway. And I hate to tell all you women out there this, but your facial features, especially the lines which form around the mouth and lips, all also dead giveaways. And in a crowd of people, if you didn't see the yellowing teeth from a smoker, you could smell them, and only the smoker was the one who couldn't smell it, that nasty smell.

Augusta is one of the last holdouts from prohibiting smoking in public places, and Augusta will ban it as well, not out of the goodness of their hearts, but to protect their budget, as people have become quite successful holding areas accountable for health areas.

The addiction to nicotine is very strong, so strong, that it has people addicted to it who want to fight to continue using it, in public, and the addiction has made their brain clowdy.

I smoked up until the very day I was diagnosed with throat cancer. When the treatment failed and they cut a hole in my throat to breathe through for the remainder of my life, my doctors told me I was lucky, because most of their patients with issues from smoking were usually lung related and they died quickly. Yeah, I sure am lucky.....

Smokers and their rights.....sure thing.

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