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Archive for the ‘Harassment’ Category

Fears surround EU plans to ban patio heaters

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Patio heaters could be banned by the European Union over fears that they are contributing to global warming.

Euro-MPs will today vote on energy efficiency proposals to phase out the sale of the popular gas-burning appliances which are increasingly found outside bars, cafés and restaurants since the indoor smoking ban.

But the proposal has been attacked by publicans, who say bars and pubs need the heaters for customers driven outside by smoking bans.

The trade has invested £86.5 million in heaters over the past 12 months and a ban could cost pubs, cafés and restaurants an estimated £250 million a year in lost business.

Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, said: “Not content with devastating the pub trade with the illiberal and ill-informed smoking ban, these autocratic busybodies now want to make smokers stand in the cold and the rain.

A UN climate expert questioned the usefulness of a ban.

“The overall impact of outdoor heaters on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions is very minimal,” said Dr Eric Johnson, of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

(This has nothing to do with climate change. That’s just being used as an excuse to go after smokers and make it impossible for them to smoke in public, anywhere. Nicotine Nannies can’t stand the idea that pubs are still accommodating them, and will use any excuse to prevent it.)

Source: The Telegraph. Link

Smoking Ban Means Number’s Up For Bingo Hall

Monday, October 29th, 2007

ANTI-tobacco campaigners have slammed bars and nightclubs that promote outdoor smoking areas, saying they flout the spirit of strict bans introduced in July.

Dr Mark Westcott, a vascular surgeon from St Vincent’s Hospital, drives past Abbotsford’s Terminus Hotel every day, and said he was disgusted by a sign that encouraged patrons to “smoke in comfort & style”.

“This promotion may not be against the letter of the law, but it’s definitely against the intention of the law, which is to stop smoking in pubs,” Dr Westcott said. “This is indirect advertising of tobacco.”

Other Melbourne nightclubs have used emails to advertise smoking spaces, while South Yarra nightclub Q Bar sent text messages to its database of private members.

“Q: new licenced smoking area open 2nite so bring carton and lets go!” the message states.

Q Bar manager Richard Chatfield conceded that an area in front of the Toorak Road nightclub had been provided for smokers. He said the text message promotion complied with Victoria’s tobacco regulations.

But Quit Victoria executive director Fiona Sharkie said the message could constitute a tobacco advertisement, which breached Commonwealth legislation.

Ms Sharkie called on federal Minister for the Ageing Christopher Pyne to investigate. (I’m telling, nyah nayh nayh!)

(So bars come up with a way to keep their business afloat by providing a comfortable place for their smoking customers to sit outside, and that’s still not enough for these miserable whiny little pricks? Do you need any more proof that these people hate smokers?)

Source: The Age. Link

Hospital’s smoking ban has locals fuming

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

Whitby mental health patients forced offsite, leading neighbours to complain about loitering

He’s 53, with sad eyes and not much to look forward to. One of his few pleasures in life is a coffee and cigarette.

But the Whitby Mental Health Centre, his home for the past 10 years, wants to deny him that in the interests of “recovering best health.”

Translation: no smoking anywhere in the hospital or its 32-hectare waterfront property.

“It’s very, very frustrating,” he says, cigarette in one hand, foam cup in the other, in a small, town-owned parking lot a five-minute walk away.

“They’re telling me to quit. I don’t want to. I’ve been smoking for 40 years.”

He says he makes the long walk across the grounds 20 to 30 times a day. “I’ve got nowhere else to go.”

The smoking ban, implemented last June, has raised the ire of area residents and the Whitby Yacht Club, whose driveway runs past the parking lot where patients and staff congregate.

They complain of litter, butts and public urination. Some are intimidated by the “crazies,” as one sailor described patients.

“It’s a little bit threatening when it’s a whole load of people loitering around out there,” says the club’s vice-commodore Jim McMaster, adding they have concerns over fire risks and their boats’ security.

“Something has to be done. I understand … that they don’t want people smoking but you don’t force them off your property and onto someone else’s because you can’t figure out how to deal with them.”

The ban, imposed on the hospital’s 330 in-patients, 1,000 staff members, outpatients and visitors, is part of their mission to help patients become healthy and reintegrate into the community, says president and CEO Glenna Raymond. She adds statistics are “staggering” for smoking-related illnesses in the mental health sector.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” Raymond says of the no-smoking policy, put in place after months of study.

“But it was the right move to make.”

(Yeah, why should your mentally ill patients be allowed any comforts that aren’t politically correct?)

An “unintended consequence” was the stigma around mental illness that’s surfaced in the community, Raymond says. Patients may not be ready for independent living but they pose no threat and “there’s no reason to confine them.” They have as much right to smoke in the community as anyone, she says.

That stance angers Whitby Councillor Elizabeth Roy and the “numerous” residents who have complained about encounters with patients near their homes, in a park and along a waterfront trail. Their quarrel is with the facility, not its occupants, she says.

“The fault goes back to the hospital, which is pushing patients and staff away from the facility into the community,” says Roy. “The solution is to give them a designated area” as other health facilities do.

That won’t happen, says Raymond. While the hospital is “committed to being a good neighbour,” a smoking shelter would run “contradictory to the aims of the policy.”

(Her policy of being a sanctimonious nanny, no doubt.)

But one patient says it’s difficult to concentrate in his group therapy when he’s worrying about when he’ll get his next cigarette.

Then there’s the problem of the cigarettes themselves. “They’re confiscated if we have them in the hospital. We’re supposed to hide them outside, off the property.”

It all combines to make a difficult life that much more trying, says a heavy smoker.
“We just want to have a cigarette.”

(Does this strike anyone else as just being nasty for the sheer joy of it? Evidently Glenna Raymond, needs to feed her power trip on the backs of the mentally ill patients she’s supposed to care for, but obviously doesn’t care about.)

Source: The Star.com.  Link

Smoking Ban At Hospitals Kicks Smokers To The Curbs

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

At Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, a patient wheeled his IV out to the sidewalk by the parking lot to smoke. Another smoker crossed a busy interstate off-ramp to smoke on the overpass.

Source: Today’s THV. Link

Four hours of torture

Friday, December 8th, 2006

A 17-year-old student was burned with a home-made flame thrower during a horrifying four-hour torture ordeal, a court heard.

Aerosol cans of air freshener and furniture polish were squirted at Katy James and the jets set alight with a naked flame. She was attacked by a gang of teenagers at the flat they shared in Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove, after her smoking was blamed for Hayley Kirby’s miscarriage.

he violence was begun by Kirby who slapped Miss James, called her a whore and branded her a murderer.

Source: Bromsgrove Advertsier. Link

(I wonder how much of the thugs inspiration came from campaigns claiming that SHS kills. They obviously believed it.)

Bonanza for nicotine gum and patches as millions try to quit

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

The surge in would-be quitters has brought windfalls for pharmacists and other retailers who have enjoyed massive surges in sales of nicotine replacement therapy products, including patches, chewing gums and inhalators, since July last year.

Market analysts Mintel say that £100m has already been spent on smoking cessation products this year, and the market will be worth £140m by 2011.

Asda has reported a 415 per cent rise in purchases of nicotine patches compared with July last year, and made five weeks’ worth of sales in 24 hours last Sunday when the ban came in. Also compared against sales figures for July last year, Sainsbury’s reported a 234 per cent increase and Tesco said sales had trebled.

Phil Wells, head of smoking cessation at Superdrug, where sales are up 400 per cent from July 2006, estimated that 2 million smokers were trying to give up a year ago, but said that figure had risen to 7.5 million.

He said 10,000 smokers a week were joining the store’s rewards programme, in which customers earn gift vouchers for repeated purchases of certain products.

Lloyds Pharmacy has doubled sales of stop-smoking products as well as bookings for its cessation clinics, which are run in conjunction with the NHS.

At Boots, sales have risen 195 per cent since July 2006. “We have experienced a significant growth in customers taking up the free smoking consultations with our trained pharmacists and health advisers since the ban came into force,” a spokesman said.

Other smokers have not reacted so positively to the ban – British Transport Police ticked off the former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy after he was spotted having a cigarette on the London-to- Plymouth express on Friday. He told officers he thought he was smoking legally as he was leaning out of the window.

A secret smoking den in the Palace of Westminster was rumbled on Thursday. Informing the Leader of the Commons, Harriet Harman, that the ban was already being abused, Betty Williams, Labour MP for Conwy, did not reveal who had been sneaking a crafty cigarette, or where. But as she finished, several MPs blurted out “in the Division toilets”.

And a man in North Yorkshire became the first to be locked up for flouting the ban when he lit up for a protest chain-smoke at his local pub, only to spend Monday night in the local police cells.

Police called to Riskers pub in Scarborough initially ordered 42-year-old decorator Martin Whisker to go home, but eventually arrested him. He was given an £80 fixed penalty for being drunk and disorderly. “I made my protest to make a point,” he said.

Pub owner Barry Risker said: “I can understand how he feels – I think it is a crazy ban. A police officer ended up taking a cigarette out of his mouth and stamping it on the floor. We had to tell him to stop smoking because otherwise I could be fined up to £2,500.”

Higher numbers of pub-goers standing outside on the pavement to smoke did not appear to have increased drunk and disorderly behaviour, although many police forces have warned smokers to be mindful of laws regarding drinking in public places and to keep the noise down.

Superintendent John Boshier, of Surrey Police, said: “We are not expecting the smoking ban to spark an increase in town centre violence. But for pub-goers who are now going outside to smoke, I’d ask them to bear in mind the local community, especially by keeping quieter at night, and to remember that glasses and bottles should not be taken on to the streets.”

A Cumbria police spokesman said: “We do not want to see increased disorder and noise nuisance from licensed premises. The basic rule for licensed premises is that there should be no smoking inside and no drinking outside, except in privately owned areas or beer gardens within areas covered by the premises’ licence.”

(Most lobbying for smoking bans is funded, quietly and behind the seines, by Big Pharma and their front groups, like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This story explains why. Bans result in huge sales increases for their very profitable, and mostly infective, smoking cessation products.)

Source: The Independent. Link

Total smoking ban ‘in 10 years’

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

A complete ban on smoking in enclosed public places could be introduced in England within a decade, Scotland’s former health minister has predicted.

Mr Galbraith, who introduced the bill to ban smoking in public places in Scotland, said he thought the partial ban in England was “just a stage towards a total ban”.

(This is the way nicotine nannies work: A little here, then a little there, all working toward a complete ban, including in people’s cars and homes. This is why any kind of a compromise with them is always a bad idea.)

Source: BBC News. Link

Time to ban porch smoking says Galway health officer

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

An award-winning senior environmental health officer, who has carried out groundbreaking research on the effects of passive smoking, is calling for a ban on “porch smoking” in the light of a recent local study which indicates that smoke is drifting into pubs from outside.

He says there is no safe limit of exposure to second-hand smoke. (There are safe limits of arsnic, cyniade, and every other toxin. Except SHS. There’s no safe level of that according to these “experts.”) “However it can be useful to assess the effectiveness of smoking policies or bans in terms of population risk thresholds they may exceed. Before the ban, three bars (16 per cent) were below a ‘significant risk standard’ applied in the US for lung cancer over a working lifetime (of 45 years). After the ban, this had increased to 10 (53 per cent).”

Mr Mulcahy says there is a need to examine the possible benefits of introducing “smoker exclusion zones” and ventilation ducts.

“We need to look at the closeness of outdoor smoking shelters to buildings and ensure they are not contributing to tobacco smoke pollution in adjoining buildings.”

(So this vile Nicotine Nazi is not content to force smokers into the weather. Now he wants to follow them outside and continue harassing them.)


Sunday, April 24th, 2005

Brooklyn Democratic Assemblyman Felix Ortiz said his legislation would immediately require public housing complexes to make 50 percent of their apartments smoke-free.

By 2010, smoking in the projects would be outlawed completely, Ortiz said.

(Once again, the nicotine nannies are trying to make it illegal for people to smoke in their homes.)

Source: New York Post. Link expired.

Lincoln police will issue ticket for comedian’s on-stage cigar

Friday, April 15th, 2005

The company that manages the city’s Pershing Center will be cited by police after comedian Ron White violated the city’s smoking ban during a performance last week. Police Chief Tom Casady said SMG of Philadelphia will get a $100 ticket.

“The law says you can’t allow smoking,” Casady said Cigars, scotch and Texas-tough talk are part of White’s act. During the performance at the Pershing Center, a fan shouted out, asking what it was costing him to smoke the cigar at the center. “Nothin’,” White replied. “I said if I can’t smoke, I ain’t comin.”‘

Casady said White will not be ticketed because “he’s long gone.”

Casady said one of his sergeants thought briefly about ticketing White during his act.
“But she said �No way was I going to give a ticket to a comedian on stage with a crowd of 8,000 people,’ ” Casady said. (Brave, aren’t they?)

Source: Journalstar.com.  Link

Seniors slam butt-ban plan {that}Would forbid smoking in home

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

Health officials are considering prohibiting elderly smokers from lighting up in their own homes at least an hour before home-care workers are due to arrive

(Nicotine nannies have constantly told us they’d never go after people in their own homes, while quietly (and sometimes not so quietly) planning to do it when the time was right.)

Source: Winnipeg Sun. Link Expired

NYC busts shop owner for ashtray

Saturday, November 8th, 2003

A business owner who left an ashtray sitting out in his shop has been fined $6,000 by New York City’s health inspector, who was enforcing the city’s tough, new anti-smoking law.

On the ticket, health inspectors M. Dundas and S. Holloway reported: “One (1) ashtray with cigarette butt, and ashes, was seen on the counter of the establishment.”

The ashtray was there, he said, because a customer came in the store with a cigarette. Rather than make her go back outside, Arno let her snuff it out in the ashtray.



Monday, July 28th, 2003

A page that documents dozens of closings, as well as incidents of smoker harassment. This is a very old page and unfortunately, most of the links have expired.


Driving home perils of smoking

Sunday, March 2nd, 2003

A proposed state law takes California’s smoking debate to the final frontier: the home.

Promising to spark a debate over government’s role in people’s personal lives, the bill would allow neighbor to sue neighbor to rid apartment and condominium complexes of wafting tobacco smoke.



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