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The Smoking Wars: In Indiananopolis, A Smoking Ban Much Like Ours Failed to Pass

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Indy pols stubbed their own ban.
In 2009, Indiana had the second-highest smoking rate in the nation. Legislators felt compelled to come up with a smoking ban that was both workable and effective.

But as Abdul-Hakim Shabazz at NUVO, Indy's alt-weekly newspaper, reports, left to their own devices most politicians are capable of screwing up the law-making quite easily -- even if they're the ones who propose it.

The short version, and the part that's most relevant to St. Louis' ban, is that someone on the city council wanted to have everything their way, and use the process to handpick a new mayor.

Shabazz reports:
[The] proposal would have eliminated smoking in bars and taverns, exempted tobacco shops, cigar and hookah bars and private clubs would have to vote on whether they wanted to remain smoke free.Had this measure been passed, smoke-free advocates would have gotten 90 percent of what they wanted.
One city club, the Columbia Club, often had children at events, and so one council member sought to remove all exemptions to "protect the children," and also fight some personal battles with the mayor.

The end result? Indianapolis currently has a pissed off mayor and no smoking ban. While here in St. Louis, we have a ban that's not perfect, but appears to be working with few hitches.




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Abdul
Abdul

Thanks for the mention.  I actually went to SLU for law school.  Love that town! 

John Engles
John Engles

You might also find this study of interest. It examines carcinogens in cigarette smoke and finds them insufficient to be a cause of cancer. Last sentence is the key one:there is little reason to be confident that total removal of the currently measured human lung carcinogens would reduce the incidence of lung cancer among smokers by any noticeable amount.

John Engles
John Engles

You might also find this study of interest. It examines carcinogens in cigarette smoke and finds them insufficient to be a cause of cancer. Last sentence is the key one:there is little reason to be confident that total removal of the currently measured human lung carcinogens would reduce the incidence of lung cancer among smokers by any noticeable amount.http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/c...

Bill Hannegan
Bill Hannegan

Tobacco Free St. Louis polled St. Louis County bars concerning the effect of the smoking ban on their revenues. One place in North County blamed the ban for a 75 percent revenue loss. If it comes soon enough, a statewide "over 21" exemption would save such a place from going under.

Bill Hannegan
Bill Hannegan

Paul, there isn't much opposition to public smoking laws that exempt "over 21" workplaces. The state legislature here needs to step in with an "over 21" exemption statewide that levels the playing field of municipal bans.

John Engles
John Engles

You might also find this study of interest. It examines carcinogens in cigarette smoke and finds them insufficient to be a cause of cancer. Last sentence is the key one:there is little reason to be confident that total removal of the currently measured human lung carcinogens would reduce the incidence of lung cancer among smokers by any noticeable amount.

John Engles
John Engles

You might also find this study of interest. It examines carcinogens in cigarette smoke and finds them insufficient to be a cause of cancer. Last sentence is the key one:there is little reason to be confident that total removal of the currently measured human lung carcinogens would reduce the incidence of lung cancer among smokers by any noticeable amount.cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/...

John Engles
John Engles

You might also find this study of interest. It examines carcinogens in cigarette smoke and finds them insufficient to be a cause of cancer. Last sentence is the key one:there is little reason to be confident that total removal of the currently measured human lung carcinogens would reduce the incidence of lung cancer among smokers by any noticeable amount.http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/...

John Engles
John Engles

OSHA / NIOSH RESEARCHIn 1991 NIOSH { OSHA' research group} Looked into ETS although at the time they recommended reducing ETS exposure they found the studies lacking.NIOSH recognizes that these recent epidemiological studies have several shortcomings: lack of objective measures for charachterizing and quantifying exposures,failures to adjust for all confounding variables,potential misclassification of ex-smokers as non-smokers,unavailability of comparison groups that have not been exposed to ETS, and low statistical power.Research is needed to investigate the following issues:1. More acurate quantification of the increased risk of lung cancer associated with ETS exposure,including determination of other contributing factors[e.g.,occupational exposures]that may accentuate the risk.2.Determination of the concentration and distributuion of ETS components in the workplace to help quantify the risk for the U.S. working population.a.The association of ETS exposure with cancer other than lung cancerb.The relationship between ETS exposure and cardiovascular diseasec.The relationship between ETS exposure and nonmalignant resporatory diseases such asthma,bronchitis and emphysema, andthe effects of ETS on lung function and respiratory systemsc. Possible mechanisms of ETS damage to the cardiovascular system,such as platelet aggravation,increased COHb leading to oxygen depravation,or damage to endotheliumd.Effects of workplace smoking restrictions on the ETS exposure of nonsmokersand ETS-related health effects in nonsmokersAfter ten years of no conclusive research and lack of studies that didn't eliminate the bias OSHA decided that the studies did not have substance and here is there present policy.Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS)Because the organic material in tobacco doesn't burn completely, cigarette smoke contains more than 4,700 chemical compounds. Although OSHA has no regulation that addresses tobacco smoke as a whole, 29 CFR 1910.1000 Air contaminants, limits employee exposure to several of the main chemical components found in tobacco smoke. In normal situations, exposures would not exceed these permissible exposure limits (PELs), and, as a matter of prosecutorial discretion, OSHA will not apply the General Duty Clause to ETS....

Mntvernon
Mntvernon

Bill,John, the proponents pushing these no-compromise bans are getting blowback:http://www.news-leader.com/app...It'll take a sledgehammer, upside the head, to get it through the heads of these self proclaimed protectors of the public good that not everyone is sympathetic to their empty promises and lack responsibility forthe collateral damage they cause.

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