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Proposed regulations limit smoking in outdoor areas of bars and restaurants

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Jessica Smith

Senior Staff

 

State regulators have proposed new regulations for outdoor smoking at bars and restaurants.

The regulations stemmed from hearings held more than two years ago debating how the ban on indoor smoking would play into outdoor areas attached to pubs and beer gardens.

The proposed changes will allow patrons to smoke in outdoor areas as long as they are at least 15 feet away from entryways, windows or vents. Patrons who choose to smoke will also have to walk to the bar if they want a drink, as the spaces where smoking would be allowed would be an area that employees would not have to walk through.

Lawmakers are hitting a wall of opposition already, as business owners complain they spent money to build outdoor smoking areas already and do not wish to make more changes so soon.

Some bar managers are fine with the rules, mostly those with large enough beer gardens that the rules would not affect them.

The proposed rules will be reviewed in the state’s General Assembly sometime in the next two months.

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  1. harleyrider1778

    This pretty well destroys the Myth of second hand smoke:

    http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/28/16741714-lungs-from-pack-a-day-smokers-safe-for-transplant-study-finds?lite

    Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds.

    By JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News.

    Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe.

    What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already know: For some patients on a crowded organ waiting list, lungs from smokers are better than none.

    “I think people are grateful just to have a shot at getting lungs,” said Dr. Sharven Taghavi, a cardiovascular surgical resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, who led the new study………………………

    Ive done the math here and this is how it works out with second ahnd smoke and people inhaling it!

    The 16 cities study conducted by the U.S. DEPT OF ENERGY and later by Oakridge National laboratories discovered:

    Cigarette smoke, bartenders annual exposure to smoke rises, at most, to the equivalent of 6 cigarettes/year.

    146,000 CIGARETTES SMOKED IN 20 YEARS AT 1 PACK A DAY.

    A bartender would have to work in second hand smoke for 2433 years to get an equivalent dose.

    Then the average non-smoker in a ventilated restaurant for an hour would have to go back and forth each day for 119,000 years to get an equivalent 20 years of smoking a pack a day! Pretty well impossible ehh!

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  2. harleyrider1778

    Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence: Third Edition

    nap.edu

    This sorta says it all

    These limits generally are based on assessments of health risk and calculations of concentrations that are associated with what the regulators believe to be negligibly small risks. The calculations are made after first identifying the total dose of a chemical that is safe (poses a negligible risk) and then determining the concentration of that chemical in the medium of concern that should not be exceeded if exposed individuals (typically those at the high end of media contact) are not to incur a dose greater than the safe one.

    So OSHA standards are what is the guideline for what is acceptable ”SAFE LEVELS”

    OSHA SAFE LEVELS

    All this is in a small sealed room 9×20 and must occur in ONE HOUR.

    For Benzo[a]pyrene, 222,000 cigarettes.

    “For Acetone, 118,000 cigarettes.

    “Toluene would require 50,000 packs of simultaneously smoldering cigarettes.

    Acetaldehyde or Hydrazine, more than 14,000 smokers would need to light up.

    “For Hydroquinone, “only” 1250 cigarettes.

    For arsenic 2 million 500,000 smokers at one time.

    The same number of cigarettes required for the other so called chemicals in shs/ets will have the same outcomes.

    So, OSHA finally makes a statement on shs/ets :

    Field studies of environmental tobacco smoke indicate that under normal conditions, the components in tobacco smoke are diluted below existing Permissible Exposure Levels (PELS.) as referenced in the Air Contaminant Standard (29 CFR 1910.1000)…It would be very rare to find a workplace with so much smoking that any individual PEL would be exceeded.” -Letter From Greg Watchman, Acting Sec’y, OSHA.

    Why are their any smoking bans at all they have absolutely no validity to the courts or to science!

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  3. harleyrider1778

    Now we have the Smoking Gene is there anything EUGENICS of the new age era from the old wont come up with for any other lifestyle choises for government run PROPAGANDA Machines!

    Large-scale study focuses on heavy smokers

    Smoking gene increases tobacco consumption

    The researchers have also studied a special gene variant that impacts heavy smoking: The smoking gene has no influence on whether you start or quit smoking. But if you do smoke, the gene will make you smoke more. People who have inherited the gene variant from both their parents smoke 20 percent more than those without the special gene variant.

    http://www.sciencecodex.com/la

    Do You Have the Obesity Gene? – US News

    The Gay Gene: New Evidence Supports an Old Hypothesis

    Researchers Identify Alcoholism Gene – WebMD

    Obesity in soda drinkers may bubble up from genes | The …

    The aim of the Harvard School of Public Health Nutrition Source is to provide timely information on diet and nutrition for clinicians, allied health professionals …

    The Sugar Gene is Found – Sugar Science Forum – Index

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