Second Hand Smoke
by Samuel Bergeron
March 10, 2004
Some of you may recall a while back an effort from me at the
Borough Assembly to eliminate smoking in public places. I discovered
after I began my initiative that the Borough doesn't have Health
and Welfare powers. We are a second-class borough, we would need
an enabling ordinance followed by ratification from the voters
at the next regular election to eliminate smoking in public places.
The City, on the other hand, is a first class City and does have
the authority, inside the City limits, to eliminate smoking.
If smoking where anything else, such as radio active waste or
asbestos or any other hazardous substance, we would have no quarrel
getting rid of it regardless of supposed economic impacts. We
would probably hold community meetings and fret about what we
could and should do. I want you all to know and understand this
very simple and indisputable point: Smoking kills and so does
second hand smoke. Join others and me Thursday, May 18th, 7:00
p.m. at the City council meeting in supporting this wise and
considered policy of ridding our public places of this scourge.
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