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Expansion of Smoking Ban To Outdoors Begins Today

Board of Health places high priority on healthy environments for children

April 1, 2013

MOUNDSVILLE — Though the calendar says today is April Fools’ Day, the implementation of Marshall County’s expanded smoking ban is no joke....

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Apr-01-13 1:16 AM

Ok Marshall Co. Health Board, you got your friggin' way, and a health board doesn't amount to a hill of beans. Personally I do not smoke, but I did for yrs. Just tired of everybody cramming everything down our throats. The government is acting like they are playing the roll of God and they don't know what they are doing. Just ask President Bozo! It won't be long before they will be telling us how many times a day we can take a crap. They are taking all our rights away and want more. As far as I am concerned, screw them. Leave us alone !!!

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Apr-01-13 7:56 AM

Cherokee - baloney. Your post is absolute baloney. Do you want to know why the expansion of the smoking ban is an excellent thing? No one has the right to harm another person. Second-hand smoke does exactly that. It harms other people.

I am sick and tired of smokers complaining about their rights being taken away. No one has told them they cannot smoke. All that has happened here is that the Marshall County Health Board decided to protect children and non-smokers from the potential harm that second-hand smoke causes. Period.

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Apr-01-13 8:17 AM

wvujoke, they should take away your driver's license because you could POTENTIALLY have an accident and seriously hurt somebody.

They should take away your Internet because you could say something that POTENTIALLY is hate speech.

They should ban all FAST FOOD restaurants because they can POTENTIALLY make you fat.

etc. etc. etc.

How about TERMINATING IDIOTS who can't think for themselves and require a GOVERNMENT to make all of their decisions for them????

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Apr-01-13 8:37 AM

Yep WVU hit it right on the head, smokers do not have the right to subject others to the dangers of cigarette smoke. You still have the right to smoke, so you still have your right, but you no longer have the means to deny other people their right to not have to smell or breathe lethal smoke. You can still have your addiction, but you no longer have the right to impose it on others, especially children. Smoking is a disease ridden, smelly habit but you can go ahead with that, smoke yourself to death. But you don't have a right to impose that on others. Hooray for the smoking ban in all of those locations, it means that people can go there now without being at risk or having to smell people who smell like they have a load in their drawers.

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Apr-01-13 8:52 AM

Wouldn't it be a better place if smokers were aware of other people and would partake of their fatal addiction in the privacy of their stained and putrid domicile so laws like this wouldn't be necessary? I feel sorry for those who cannot overcome the addiction and regret that they are singled out like this. I quit smoking just because I knew I would not be able to cope with all of the restrictions. Free at last.

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Apr-01-13 8:56 AM

When will the highly educated health professionals working for the government address the real problems in our environment? Lung cancer from tobacco is not a "leading" cause of death. Research it! I contend that road salt dust leads to more health problems than tobacco use. High levels of sodium chloride, calcium chloride,potassium chloride and magnesium chloride can be found in road salt. Breathing that garbage into your lungs can not be good, and you can't get away from it! Actually, just driving on a clear road or walking near a road exposes you to asbestos dust, rubber dust, small bits of all kinds of contaminates that we all breath in, everyday! Then there is the detrimental effects of salts and dust suppression chemicals on the natural environment! How about if the taxpayer paid brainiacs focus on REAL issues and leave us (their employers) alone!

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Apr-01-13 11:27 AM


Your comments are very boring.

You are a racist.

Get a life.

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Apr-01-13 11:30 AM

A 38-year study of Californians, begun by the American Cancer Society and concluded by the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), has concluded that secondhand smoke has little if any negative impact on mortality.

The study, published in the May 17 issue of the British Medical Journal, throws cold water on the efforts of state and local governments to ban smoking in restaurants and other public places in the name of public health.

100,000 Californians Studied From 1959 through 1998, the American Cancer Society tracked a broad cross-section of more than 100,000 Californians, dividing the study participants according to whether or not they were married to smokers. In 1999, UCLA epidemiologist James Enstrom and State University of New York epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat began analyzing the American Cancer Society data. According to their study, “No significant associations were found for current or former exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.

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Apr-01-13 12:14 PM

Since high school athletic contest already have a rule, is there really an event in Marshall County where someone's outdoor smoke can bother someone? Other than possibly a Christmas Parade. Just a "feelgood" law where someone who already doesn't "like" someone can call the cops on someone for smoking. An overweight mother at a little league game will call the police on her "government issued" cell phone about the guy smoking a pipe, who is the grandfather of a kid on the other team. LOL

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Apr-01-13 12:36 PM

Absolutely correct, Jeff.

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Apr-01-13 12:52 PM

What does one expect from the same group of people that support a ban on the unborn

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Apr-01-13 1:07 PM

Cherokee your correct...personally I'm glad not to smell others smoke, but banning it outdoors is crazy. Taking a crap is already taxed in many places..some places if you flush to many times,use too much water, you have to pay a surcharge=tax that goes to Govt. coffers...Ain't it grand to live in the land of the "free" and home of the "brave"

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Apr-01-13 3:05 PM

need law and signs prohibiting people withing 15 feet of regular people if you eat beans and cabbage or wear perfume.

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Apr-01-13 3:09 PM

the long term danger of food source modification isn't fully known. health officials should protest the radicalization of nutrition choice.

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Apr-01-13 3:10 PM

you are absolutely what you eat or fail to eat. only you can change you. a waste is a terrible thing to mind. take voting seriously.

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Apr-01-13 3:12 PM

100,000 Californians Studied . no wonder the study was a mess. try another group of people.

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Apr-01-13 3:15 PM

RACIST ," A person who drives one direction interrupted by left hand turns continous"

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Apr-01-13 3:23 PM

I personally feel that muffin tops should be regulated because it interferes with my digestive processes. It can't be healthy if it makes me lose my lunch, right?

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Apr-01-13 5:00 PM

The left applauds smoking bans but celebrates the legalization of marijuana.

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Apr-01-13 6:24 PM

AGAIN this is not for YOUR safety or benefit

No government cares about your health

Like the un-constitutional helmet and seat belt laws, this is driven by MONEY!!

The insurance lobby has BILLIONS available to grease palms!

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Apr-01-13 7:45 PM

Cherokee, when government plays the "roll of God", is that crescent or sourdough?

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Apr-01-13 8:00 PM

@wvujeff. Wah Wah Wah! If they think my post is baloney, so be it. I could care less what you think about it. I am old enough to state what I think, and guess what? I will continue. They are taking are rights every friggin' day and you don't give a crap. You sure are no model citizen. How bout taking cars away from people? Then maybe I will not get run over and killed. Take all our guns away so only the bad guys have them and they kill us. Oh yea, take the forks away from us so we don't get fat. You are sick and tired of smokers complaining, did you read my post? I don't think so, I said I quit smoking years ago, over thirty years ago, so I am not lobbying for smokers, I am sick and tired of them taking all "OUR" rights. If you don't like it,"Tough!" Read the second line of my post again, it's what I mean.

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Apr-01-13 11:41 PM

This is a dangerous incursion into private rights by government. If the trend continues, we'll have fewer freedoms here than they have in some communist countries.

Every time they take away somebody's rights in the interests of "its better for everyone else", they put another nail in the coffin of liberty, and they don't take a law away every time they do something like this, it just adds up to one freedom taken away after another.

Business owners need to be free to decide whether or not they permit smoking in their establishments. A person is free to not patronize those that permit it if they choose. Even the mention of somebody's private home here should be cause for major alarm.

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Apr-02-13 7:25 AM

this is just another way for our poor government to come up with some cash.while they can send you off to war to die for your country.take the cigs off the welfare recipients if you are so worried.those people puff more than anyone.we'll all have to start smoking something other than tobacco.forced by our government.

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Apr-02-13 10:20 AM

If they really care about the poison in the air we breath they have to ban all internal combustion engines everywhere. This includes cars ,trucks trains,and planes. Don't forget motorcycles, lawn mowers and charcoal grills.

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