Animals in a Zoo?
I am surprised Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson didn’t refer to the smokers as swine in a pig sty. Isn’t that, after all one of the one of the first images that comes to mind when think of a pen?? Before I am offended by “da mayor” I would have to be offended by the reference to the term smoking pens. In a city and state? that was founded by a group of people so seriously reviled for their own beliefs in years past, you would think they would be among the first to take a “live and let live” attitude about the behavior and choices of others. Clearly the past lessons learned about intolerance by the Mormons must now have been forgotten.
Only 88 airports nationwide is hardly a mandate to make one’s own airport smoke free. Furthermore if these “smoking kiosks” are eliminated it will only cause people to find other places to smoke. Delta Airlines is correct in standing behind the rights of the smokers.? Perhaps they have taken note that incidence of “air rage” only became prevalent AFTER smoking was banned on aircraft. It should also be noted that since the ban, they no longer use fresh air to ventilate the planes; instead, they just run the air through a filtrations system which in an enclosed environment further exacerbates the problem.
Mayor Anderson’s pompous arrogance in stating that the ban will help smokers to “break the habit” is outrageous. It is not his job to be neither a social engineer nor the arbiter of personal choices. I do know however, that as long as Salt Lake City and Utah continue down this Draconian path of heavy handed intolerance, I will avoid their state in very way possible. I will not travel to it, I will not travel thru it, and I will not support my company scheduling a convention there.
BANS ARE BAD! Read it again, BANS ARE BAD! Banning blacks from white facilities—BAD! Banning books—BAD! Banning Beer—Bad! If the people of Utah agree that these bans are bad, then they must also agree that banning smoking is also BAD! I would certainly hope at this juncture they are starting to realize that any action, that would favor a smoking ban of any type, will only create far more harm than good. IN all fairness I should note their may be one kind of good ban. That of course would be banning Mayor Anderson from further political office at the next election.???
Robert Hayes Halfpenny
Minnesotans Against Smoking Bans
Fishbowls and Airplanes…
January 6th”s article, “Rocky is targeting smoking…” quotes Mayor Anderson as saying smokers “look like animals in a zoo” in the fishbowl pens that he and others have forced them into.?? If he’s so annoyed at seeing that image, why doesn’t he simply get rid of those pens and allow for reasonable smoking areas at the airport?
The argument that their secondary smoke would harm others in that setting is so ridiculous as to be laughable.? The air terminals get their “fresh air” from outside… out where the planes are taking off and landing.? If we look at two of the primary “pollutants” in tobacco smoke, carbon monoxide and nitrous oxides, and compare their amounts with those emitted by the planes, the absurdity of Antismokers’ concerns becomes obvious.?
Using data from the EPA and the Surgeon Generals’ Reports it’s easy to compare those amounts.? A single 747 takeoff/landing emits carbon monoxide equal to 375,000 cigarettes.? It also spews out 17 *million* cigarettes’ worth of nitrogen oxide.?? The “clean, fresh air” that the airport sucks into its terminals all day long contains the equivalent of hundreds of millions of cigarettes’ worth of air pollution… and yet Mayor Anderson feels it’s necessary to either keep smokers locked up in a pen or ban them altogether.
When Cynthia Hallett, the director of the extremist Antismoking group ANR says “Airport managers are finding that ventilation is not an effective option in providing their employees and customers a healthier environment,” she is lying, pure and simple.? It’s not “airport managers” that are “finding” this, it’s extremist Antismokers that are telling them this… and sadly, too many of them believe it without examining the facts.
The real motivation for smoking bans has never had much to do with “protecting nonsmokers” despite the fact that such a claim has been loudly made for the last 20 years or so.? It’s only now however that the extremists pushing for total bans have become comfortable in admitting what they’ve been fighting for all along: the total abolition of public smoking in an attempt at designed social engineering.? Americans have fought hard for their freedom: allowing social engineers to take it away from us one little piece at a time “for our own good” is NOT something we will tolerate… if we wake up to it before it’s too late.
Mayor Anderson and his ilk belong in their own fishbowl, hopefully one well-stocked with piranha.
Michael J. McFadden
Author of “Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains”
Competing Interests: I have absolutely NO financial connections with Big Tobacco, Big Hospitality, Big Pharma, or any other player in this arena other than as a customer and as the author of a book on the topic.
Reference from page 67 of “Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains” :
According to an EPA study a 747 landing and taking off at an airport emits 31.55 pounds (14,300,000 milligrams) of carbon monoxide and 115 pounds (52,210,000 milligrams) of nitrogen oxide. According to the Surgeon General’s Report of 1986 a single cigarette emits a total of about 40 milligrams of carbon monoxide and about 3 milligrams of nitrogen oxide (“Technical Data …. Commercial Aviation.” 09/29/95; 1986 Report of the Surgeon General. pgs. 129, 130, 136).
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Rocky is targeting smoking at airport
Those in cigarette pens set a bad example, he says
January 6, 2005
By Brady Snyder
Deseret Morning News
????? Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson likens them to “animals in a zoo.”
????? They’re those smokers cordoned off in fishbowl-like cigarette pens at the Salt Lake City International Airport.
????? And Anderson thinks the time has come to end it.
????? As part of his aggressive anti-smoking agenda, Anderson says he’s ready to dump the smoking pens and, in doing so, completely ban all indoor smoking at Salt Lake’s airport.
????? “I’ve always been opposed to smoking in the airport,” Anderson said. The smokers “look like animals in the zoo. They’re setting a really bad example for everybody.”
????? Total bans are in effect in at least 88 airports nationwide, according to a December report by the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. Among those 88 are major ports like Los Angeles International, John F. Kennedy International in New York, Boise International, Orlando International, Portland International and many others.
?????? “Airport managers are finding that ventilation is not an effective option in providing their employees and customers a healthier environment,” Cynthia Hallett, executive director of the nonprofit Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, said in a statement. “The most effective and least costly way to protect all employees, patrons and travelers from exposure to secondhand smoke is a completely smoke-free environment.”
????? Already Anderson is lobbying for statewide legislation that would ban smoking in all Utah taverns and private clubs – the only current nonresidential indoor locales in Utah where people can smoke besides the airport. Sen. Michael Waddoups, R-West Jordan, plans to present such a ban at the Legislature this year.
????? Anderson said he would like to see the airport included in such legislation. But he doesn’t want airport smoking to become a sticking point that would hold up laws banning smoking in private clubs.
????? “It’s a little tough for us to be telling bar and club owners that they have to ban smoking and yet we’re not willing to do it at our own airport,” Anderson said.
????? Such a ban would not come without a fight. Anderson’s own Department of Airports executive director Tim Campbell opposes the idea, and Delta Air Lines, which accounts for roughly 80 percent of all the flights out of Salt Lake City, apparently does as well. Delta spokesman Anthony L. Black had no comment on the issue, but Campbell said, “The airlines support having the smoking rooms available.”
????? Indoor smoking is convenient for many airline passengers who smoke, especially those traveling through hub airports like Salt Lake City, Campbell said.
????? Hubs have many stopover flights where passengers on a short layover can skate into smoking pens to have a quick cigarette and make it back in time for their connection.
????? “If you’re a smoker and you have a 30-minute layover, you’re out of luck,” Councilman Dave Buhler told Anderson.
????? “It will help people break the habit,” Anderson replied. “You always face opposition until you do it and then everybody looks back and thinks, ‘Can you believe we used to allow smoking?’ “
????? In Salt Lake City, Campbell noted, the airport gates are a good distance from outside doors, and if smokers did make the long haul outside they would have to come all the way back through security screening.
????? “Because we are a connecting hub, it’s really not convenient or practical for people to go outside and smoke,” he said.
????? The airport’s current pens are set at negative pressure so smoke doesn’t escape into the hallways. The rooms provide a good outlet for smokers, who are banned from smoking on commercial flights. If there were no smoking rooms, cigarette addicts would likely light up in corners or restrooms, Campbell said.
????? “The smoking rooms provide a convenient customer service that allows them to smoke and still protects the rest of the public from secondhand smoke.”
Airport Could be Spared From Proposed Smoking Ban
January? 6, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — People who want to smoke a cigarette indoors would have better luck at the Salt Lake City airport than in bars if proposed legislation is passed.
Three potential smoking bills are being considered for the legislative session starting in a couple weeks.
One would ban smoking in private clubs and taverns. Another would allow local officials to impose their own ban, and yet another would prohibit smoking in — QUOTE — “fine-dining” establishments.
However, two bills already posted on the Legislature’s Web site wouldn’t do away with the international airport’s glass-encased smoking lounges.
Airport officials say they want to keep the in-terminal lounges. They say addicted passengers want to light up when they step off the plane, and they don’t want to deal with people trying to secretly smoke in restricted areas.