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Should smoking be banned or restricted in public places? Crowded beaches? Parking lots?

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Sharon - posted on 02/13/2011

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I think COMs needs to investigate her ISP address. She spouts BS medical crap, doesn't know the basic non smoking laws, makes me worry that she is claiming to be a PHD and giving out advice here.

Lady Heather - posted on 02/13/2011

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It's pretty restricted here, but nobody seems to pay attention to the rules. I think if more attention was paid to providing a designated area people might be more inclined to follow the rules. For example, our airport recently went totally "smoke free". So technically you aren't allowed to smoke anywhere -even outside. Well, I've never smoked but I do know that most smokers tend to be itching for a cigarette after a long day of travel. Why not set up a specific location? Instead the smokers just break the rules and end up smoking right outside the freaking doors where we all have to walk. I even saw the guy who was supposed to be ticketing them having a cigarette too. I believe they also tried to make my old university campus smoke-free. Yeah right. You may as well just not allow smokers to register.

I am all for restrictions. I am terribly allergic to cigarettes and even minor exposure makes me pretty sick. But people need to have a place to go or they will just ignore the rules.

Isobel - posted on 02/12/2011

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I'm a smoker and I would be TOTALLY cool with restrictions...just give us a place to go. I can't remember the last time I saw somebody smoke on a beach or a park...I think it's just common courtesy to avoid smoking anywhere children might hang out.

Sarah - posted on 02/12/2011

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Restrictions, yes. Banning, no.

Why not just have designated areas for smokers to smoke in?
I went to a theme park type place last summer, and you could only smoke in designated areas, away from the general public. Seemed to work fine.

Most smokers don't mind going to a certain place away from others to have a smoke.

Plus, with the beach thing, if there was a designated place, you could put an ashtray there! :)

Krista - posted on 02/12/2011

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If it's an enclosed public place, yes. Otherwise, no. I hate second-hand smoke, but having to endure it for the three seconds it takes me to walk past a smoker and keep on going? It's not going to hurt me.

At beaches, that's a tougher call, mostly because smokers tend to bury their cigarette butts in the sand, and I find that really frigging gross.

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ME - posted on 02/16/2011

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I actually don't have a problem with banning smoking in public places...but I also don't have a problem with having designated spots for smokers that the rest of us can avoid...I just think it would be nice if the smokers would USE them...On my College Campus we have such designated smoking areas...seems like people smoke EVERYWHERE BUT inside of them!

Louise - posted on 02/16/2011

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Simple answer is yes. I know that banning a product from sale only makes these companies underground like drug selling so that is no good, but it breaks my heart to see a young mum pushing a pram with a cigarette hanging from her mouth. We all protect our children from dangers like taking sharp objects off of them and washing their hands after going to the toilet yet some mothers let them breath in toxic smoke that could give them cancer. I will never understand why people do this.

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yes its a disgusting habit it especially annoys me when im sitting at the bus stop with my son and some ignorant person comes along lights up and starts blowing smoke our way...have some consideration move away and blow your smoke elsewhere

Brandi - posted on 02/15/2011

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I think only if it is enclosed. I don't smoke, but I have friends that do. If we are outside, I don't see the big deal. They should still have the freedom to puff their cigarette if they want.

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@Laura Golightly-
I love your name! Reminds me of Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany's. : )
And, by the way, AK stands for Ass Klown.: ) Damn, I'm rude this morning! And saying'bad' words! See what this place does to me!!! ♥

Sharon - posted on 02/13/2011

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Ok I choked on a nerd and peed a little and had to get a new pantyliner - thanks a lot Jennifer.

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I live in Hawaii, Concerned. I was just contributing to the conversation. That's allowed, right? ;)

Stifler's - posted on 02/13/2011

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I know. She was lecturing me about anti-d the other day. I was pregnant LAST YEAR and again this year and I'm RH-negative. I think I know when I got my anti-d shots.

Merry - posted on 02/13/2011

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The Milwaukee Wisconsin hospital has a sign saying no smoking in the hospital or on hospital property.
I just visited my friends new baby boy and was happy to see that sign as I went in!
But, in the parking structure there was a man smoking! Oh man, I wanted to tell someone, but I had no idea who!

Isobel - posted on 02/13/2011

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Does Golightly mean something fun in Australia!?!?!?! Makes me love this name even more!

I still don't know what AK stands for.

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I guess u don't work in one at all cos u wud b
More informed and get a life! Stop being rude to people online

Jodi - posted on 02/13/2011

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And in FACT, a ban in all Queensland government buildings was implemented in 1989:

http://www.psc.qld.gov.au/library/docume...



This would HAVE to have included hospitals, which explains why Emma has never seen anyone smoking inside a hospital. Concerned Mom, if you think smoking INSIDE hospitals was permitted before 2006, you may not have been working in one for very long......

Jodi - posted on 02/13/2011

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Concerned Mom, I think you will find that the actual hospital buildings themselves were already smoke free. The Queensland Government's legislative changes in 2005 made it illegal to smoke within 4 metres of an entrance to a non-residential enclosed place (which includes hospitals).

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Both of our hospitals here.... you are not allowed to smoke anywhere on the property.... not even the far edge of the parking lot. OFF the property? Yes, but no where on it. Not that rules stop everyone, but it still isn't allowed.

Jodi - posted on 02/13/2011

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Maybe she means hospital grounds? That is only relatively recent, but I was pretty sure the ban on smoking INSIDE hospitals has been around for a LONG time.

Jodi - posted on 02/13/2011

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It happened in Victoria in the late 80s, maybe 1990. I still remember it :P

Stifler's - posted on 02/13/2011

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I live in Australia... smoking has been banned in government buildings for like 20 years I think.

Jenn - posted on 02/13/2011

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Just a guess, but I would think it's her name. And there are many of us (myself included) who are not from the US, but most countries have had smoking bans in hospitals for some time now.

Bonnie - posted on 02/13/2011

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Well IMO, no smoking is part of city by-laws and since parks and beaches are cleaned by the city, I think they should really be included in places you cannot smoke in or around.

Sarah - posted on 02/13/2011

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Well, if it were up to ME...smoking would be banned period. ;) Anyway, it's banned in all restaraunts where I'm from & in some places you can't smoke within a certain amount of feet from the entrance to a building. You can't smoke on the grounds of our largest hospital here (unless it's in your car, eww). And as far as beaches/parking lots/other outside public areas, I think there needs to be a designated place to fill your lungs with tar...I mean, to smoke.

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Probably not actually using the elevators to smoke in.... but sneaking out for a quick smoke outside...then getting back in the elevator and smelling of smoke ... enclosed space.... *gag*

Isobel - posted on 02/13/2011

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Dear Concerned AK Mom:

a)what on earth does AK stand for?
b)where on god's green earth do you live that people are still allowed to smoke on elevators and only just recently stopped smoking in hospitals...are you a time traveler from 1982?

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I, personally, would like to see smoking banned period. Nothing good ever comes out of smoking and it harms everyone when even one person smokes. I don't want that nasty stuff around my kids. That is why I quite smoking 8 yrs ago. My DH has started and stopped 3 times. (go figure) We have strict rules about where and when he can smoke. A lot of them are compromises on both our parts. Mainly because we would be divorced now if we didn't.

Merry - posted on 02/13/2011

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I have a friend, named Laura as well :) and she is seriously allergic to smoke. If she gets a smell of it off someone she gets burning in her throat, if she in hails actual second hand smoke she begins coughing and she really could die from the fit of coughing if she doesn't get a good breath of clean air quickly.
So if she were to walk past someones back, and as she passed them they turned towards her and breathed out a puff of smoke, she could go into a fit and choke, or suffocate.
For her sake, and for others who have the same condition, I say yes, designated areas are the least we can do to help people who could die from the second hand smoke.

Amber - posted on 02/13/2011

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I myself am a smoker, I have no problem with designated smoking areas I personally think it's a wonderful idea. It keeps smokers and nonsmokers happy. I don't know about beaches since I don't live near any but I would be very upset to find butts in the sand that's just gross....

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Smoking is banned in hospitals here... Which is great. I still have to hold my breath in the lifts...lol... But then it is interesting because u don't have to push the post- operative patients to get out of bed... They are the first ones to go down with their catheters and iv drips to smoke.... Great incentive to reduce the risk of thrombo-embolism!!!

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Ah ... this convo is no longer about about smoking ...

I read "Anything under 20 and I get depressed and goosebumpy!" and thought she really needs to cut back since she's preggars!

Stifler's - posted on 02/13/2011

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Anything under 20 and I get depressed and goosebumpy! It's so weird. I despise winter and it seems to go forever.

Erin - posted on 02/13/2011

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I guess that's a good thing Emma since you live in Central Qld lol. I used to love it, but not anymore. Anything over 35C makes me cranky now.

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