In California, Second-hand Smoke Now A Toxic Air Contaminant
This designation places second-hand smoke in the same category as benzene and arsenic. In other words, the state will now be compelled to assess the impact and take action.
Now, as an asthma sufferer myself, no one was more pleased than I when California imposed bans on smoking in restaurant and bars, but even I can see that attempting to address this will be an unending, unenforceable, budget-busting mess. If we tolerate smoking in our society at all, it must have it's place--in the home, in one's backyard, away from non-smokers...wherever. But, as the Chronicle's article points out, we have no good solution for the children of smokers or anyone else that cannot avoid contact with smokers. So now we have to solve the unsolvable.
Maybe we should have just banned smoking outright.
I'm tremendously allergic to cigarette smoke, but when I've attended American Indian ceremonies, the burning tobacco offerings don't bother me at all.
Things that make you go "hmmm?"
Damn. So could it be that all of those classic adds touting the benefits of smoking were right? :-)
Its disturbing the way people are dismissive about negative health risks.
But still, this whole toxic contaminant thing is going to be a huge mess.
I used to smoke when I lived out west. I was one of these pissed off smokers that always felt like I was being picked on, especially after the state instituted the ban in restaurants and bars.
I've quit though, and so has my views on the matter. It really is an addictive, life threatening habit that effects everyone in the smokers environment. But, seriously, how are they going to enforce this law?
I am now walking proof of the fact that what they put in regular cigarettes is beyond scary. I totally believe that it's the chemicals that do the most damage and keep folks so damn hooked.
I'm done with it completely now, but if I do relapse ever, I won't touch anything but the pure stuff.
And, yes, WHY THE HELL isn't cannibus legal? Only the pharmaceutical industry knows :)
Well, I think that California authorities believed that this approach was better than an outright ban, but as I said, I think that it will create more problems than it solves.
But not my place to tell them how to raise their children either.
Now as one who has weak lungs due to parents being smokers (yes I blame them), I'm glad for this label. It should be looked more into. Will anything come of it? (shrugs)