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Kaine to make tour of Commonwealth to kick off smoking ban

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By: Ryan Nobles – bio | email

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine will make a tour of a series of Restaurants on the day one of his signature legislative accomplishments goes into effect. On December 1st, Kaine will make appearances at a number of different restaurants across Virginia in honor of the first day that  Commonwealth’s ban on smoking in bars and eateries will be enforced. One of his stops will be here in Richmond. The Governor will appear at the Home Team Grill on Main Street in the Fan at 4pm.

Kaine fought years of institutional loyalty to the tobacco industry to push through the ban, that had an overwhelming amount of public support. Despite spending the better part of 4 years fighting to get the measured pass, Kaine will leave the bulk of the enforcement of the new law in the hands of his successor, Bob McDonnell, who publically voiced opposition to the plan. Kaine told me back in February when the bill finally passed, that he wasn’t worried about the new law being enforced.

The brand new atmosphere at Virginia Bars and Restaurants begins on December 1st.



Written by Ryan Nobles

November 25, 2009 at 10:37 pm

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  1. Government Power, the real health hazard

    The bandwagon of local smoking bans now steamrolling across the nation has nothing to do with protecting people from the supposed threat of “second-hand” smoke.

    Indeed, the bans are symptoms of a far more grievous threat, a cancer that has been spreading for decades and has now metastasized throughout the body politic, spreading even to the tiniest organs of local government. This cancer is the only real hazard involved – the cancer of unlimited government power.

    The issue is not whether second-hand smoke is a real danger or is in fact just a phantom menace, as a study published recently in the British Medical Journal indicates. The issue is: If it were harmful, what would be the proper reaction? Should anti-tobacco activists satisfy themselves with educating people about the potential danger and allowing them to make their own decisions, or should they seize the power of government and force people to make the “right” decision?

    Supporters of local tobacco bans have made their choice. Rather than trying to protect people from an unwanted intrusion on their health, the bans are the unwanted intrusion.

    Loudly billed as measures that only affect “public places,” they have actually targeted private places: restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shops and offices – places whose owners are free to set anti-smoking rules or whose customers are free to go elsewhere if they don’t like the smoke. Some local bans even harass smokers in places where their effect on others is negligible, such as outdoor public parks.

    The decision to smoke, or to avoid “second-hand” smoke, is a question to be answered by each individual based on his own values and his own assessment of the risks. This is the same kind of decision free people make regarding every aspect of their lives: how much to spend or invest, whom to befriend or sleep with, whether to go to college or get a job, whether to get married or divorced, and so on.

    All of these decisions involve risks; some have demonstrably harmful consequences; most are controversial and invite disapproval from the neighbours. But the individual must be free to make these decisions. He must be free because his life belongs to him, not to his neighbours, and only his own judgment can guide him through it.

    Yet when it comes to smoking, this freedom is under attack. Smokers are a numerical minority, practising a habit considered annoying and unpleasant to the majority. So the majority has simply commandeered the power of government and used it to dictate their behaviour.

    That is why these bans are far more threatening than the prospect of inhaling a few stray whiffs of tobacco while waiting for a table at your favourite restaurant. The anti-tobacco crusaders point in exaggerated alarm at those wisps of smoke while they unleash the unlimited intrusion of government into our lives. We do not elect officials to control and manipulate our behaviour.

    Thomas Laprade

    November 26, 2009 at 1:15 pm

  2. Outdoor bans are even crazier than indoor bans. The chemical make-up of shs is nearly 94% water vapor and A SLIGHT AMOUNT OF CARBON DIOXIDE with about 3% being carbon monoxide AND 3% CONTAINING THOSE SUPPOSED KILLER CARCENOGENS………

    n-nitrosomines which you hear so much about is actually inorganic arsenic..what they dont tell you is that the measurements they took match the naturally occuring arsenic in the air outside everywhere.
    they measured levels at 0-29 picograms….which is totally safe.its the same as drinking a glass of water..the amount has to be 5 million times that to be harmful to humans……..you see how they switched it. Trying to blame shs for what is actually a natural thing. The levels of other things in shs if they can be measured at all are millions if not billions of times smaller than the amounts needed to harm anyone……just remember this second hand smoke is a joke within nano seconds from the burn it turns into WATER VAPOR…..Even the exhaled smoke is loaded down with water vapor…osha has said nothing in shs/ets is going to harm you or anyone else…..what shs will do is irritate those with weak immune responces…….thats why shs is classified as a class 3 IRRITANT BY OSHA AND THE EPA…..Remember this a prohibition movement must rely on scare tactics and big money in order to succeed to the level of getting legislation….These outdoor regulations are even crazier than the first claims made for indoor bans…….lets do the silly math if one cig lets off 29 pico grams.We will use the high side of their measurement……..and it takes 5 million picograms then thats 5 million divided by 29 = IN CIGARETTES SMOKED AT ONE TIME IN A SEALED ROOM………172,414 CIGS SMOKED SIMULTANEOUSLY……….DIVIDE THAT BY 20 TO GET PACKS………8620 PACKS ALL TOGETHER AT THE SAME TIME………..SECOND HAND SMOKE IS A JOKE……..and this same thing applies to anything they claim in shs/ets………dont be fooled

    As for secondhand smoke in the air, OSHA has stated outright that: “Field studies of environmental tobacco smoke indicate that under normal conditions, the components in tobacco smoke are diluted below existing Permissible Exposure Levels (PELS.) as referenced in the Air Contaminant Standard (29 CFR 1910.1000)…It would be very rare to find a workplace with so much smoking that any individual PEL would be exceeded.” -Letter From Greg Watchman, Acting Sec’y, OSHA, To Leroy J Pletten, PHD, July 8, 1997


    November 27, 2009 at 9:15 am

  3. […] From Ryan Nobles at Richmond’s NBC12 comes this gem about how Governor Kaine will be spending some of his final hours in office: Virginia Governor Tim Kaine will make a tour of a series of Restaurants on the day one of his […]

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