Smoking in the News

In September of 2005 enclosed public places, restaurants, bars, private clubs and bingo venues, were mandated to be 100% smoke-free. Since the 2005 legislation allowed for smoking rooms in non-hospitality workplaces, under given conditions, this was remedied on July 1, 2009. Since then many further areas of the state have been proposed or mandated to be 100% smoke-free: parks, downtown areas, educational campus, pretty much everywhere.

In a telephone survey of more than 400 Vermonters, in April of 2012, the following results were published in November of 2012: “95 percent of Vermonters would either ban or limit smoking at building entrances -- 80 percent said ban, while 15 percent said limit. Eighty-one percent of respondents said they supported banning smoking in vehicles when children are present. A majority of people, 51 percent, said they favor limiting smoking at parks, beaches and outdoor markets, while 29 percent favor an outright ban on smoking at those locations.”

In the Rutland Herald, Gordon Dritschilo says “Apartments are the latest battleground in the war on smoking. Buildings owned by the Housing Trust of Rutland County have gone smoke-free, and the Rutland Area Prevention Coalition is talking to private landlords about enacting similar measures.” The purpose of the policy is to clear and clean the air in the apartments and walkways. The policy does not take a stand on stopping a person from ever smoking. But they must not do it within the building or within 25 feet of the building.

Smokers will have to assess the convenience of continuing to smoke and dealing with the various zones where they may not smoke. Is it really so important to “take a stand” on this is MY body and I will do with it what I will! Is smoking merely something that solely affects you and no one else is of equal worth?

Or is it the right time, and statistically it is so, to take back your life from the nicotine-ball-and-chain. There are many opportunities to get help to quit, find a therapy that is available through a hospital, clinic, or private organization. Researchers have learned more of how the behaviors smokers have reinforce the addiction to nicotine and how that relation or cycle of dependence can be broken. Instead of taking another puff take a deep breath and feel the wind!

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