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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Smokin' Issue

By Michael Waddoups
State Senator, District 6

My Amendments to the Indoor Clean Air Act moved out of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee with a 4-2 vote.

I am pleased the bill is moving to a larger forum of debate. Second hand smoke in private clubs, taverns, fraternal clubs and country clubs is just as lethal as second hand smoke anywhere else; I believe protecting the right of patrons and employees to breathe clean air is the right thing to do.

Some feel this is unnecessary government intervention. I feel the right to act as you choose only exists as long as you don't cause harm to others. You may drink alcohol in your own home, for example, but get behind the wheel of a car and you become a danger to those around you. At that point government has the responsibility to step in.

People killed by second-hand smoke are just as innocent - and just as dead - as those killed by drunk drivers.

We need to set some reasonable protections.

You can find more information at www.smokefreeutah.com.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good work Senator- lets see more legislation like this. Legislation that really protects our private rights.

1/18/2006 9:20 AM  
Anonymous nonsmoker said...

Outside of Utah, I wonder how this would have fared among Republicans. I don't smoke and don't like the smell of it at all. I also believe there are some places to ban smoking such as churches and many public places. I don't believe private clubs and such should be one of them. Sometimes government can step in just a little too far.

1/25/2006 4:03 PM  

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