Posted by smoke, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2011 at 11:55 am
The city needs to ban wood smoke as well. On low wind winter days, some parts of the city smell like they are on fire. Wood fire smoke can be even more dangerous to our kids than second hand cigarette smoke.
Posted by Martin Omander, a resident of the Rex Manor neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm
Old Ben said:
>>What a ridiculous waste of tax dollars.
I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss this initiative. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that smokers cost the country $96 billion a year in direct health care costs, and an additional $97 billion a year in lost productivity. That's an average of $643 per American per year. Across the 1.76 million inhabitants in Santa Clara County, it would add up to $1.1 billion per year.
This is of course a back-of-the-envelope calculation, and I invite you to check I got it right. Maybe Santa Clara County residents smoke more or less than the average American, maybe there are fewer or more young children (who don't smoke) in this county than in the average US county.
But spending $6.9 million once to take a bite out of a recurring yearly expense that is on the order of $1 billion seems smart to me.
Posted by Can't believe, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm
How crazy is this? 6.9 million would go a long way toward helping getting rid of the gangs in Mountain View. Ever consider how many people they send to the hospital? I never hear what the City is doing about that issue. I guess if someone wants to have a smoke that is worse. I never hear of a smoker on Castro street walking up to a stranger and ripping their gold neckllace off of their necks.
Posted by Kman, a resident of the Monta Loma neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm
City staff said it would not be the responsibility of business owners to act as police, but Nicole Clemens of the city attorney's office told business owners that "if you are found to be allowing them to smoke on your premises you could be cited."
If someone is breaking the law, then the police should be notified. To even think that the owner needs to be a police officer is ridiculous.
What's happened to America, the land of the free. I guess the folks in government have nothing better to do then create more stupid laws that take up precious police time, rather then having them look at the more serious crimes. No wonder our cities are becoming a haven for criminals. The police are to busy busting someone for petty thing. Really bright.
Posted by The Eye, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm The Eye is a member (registered user) of Mountain View Online
@Kman: Not to worry, the police will never, ever respond to a report of someone smoking in a restricted area anyway, as it would be considered an extremely low priority call, and will simply be logged and likely forgotten. The ordinance will be no more, if passed, but a paper tiger, and will simply go up in smoke.
Posted by HB, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm
Nothing like the taste of a fine cigarette, cigar or pipe after a good meal. The sensation can be euphoric, as well as a great stress reliever.
For all you prejudice people out there that think second hand smoke kills, your dead wrong. If that was the case my brothers and sister would all be dead at the rate our parents smoked. Moderation is the key to all good things.
Someone was talking about statistics, well statistic are only a representations of the creators prejudice views.
Here is 2 samples of statistics i'll share with you.
Mme Jeanne Calment, who was listed as the world's oldest human whose birth date could be certified, died at 122. She had begun smoking as a young woman. At 117 she quit smoking (by that age she was just smoking two or three cigarettes per day because she was blind and was too proud to ask often for someone to light her cigarettes for her). But she resumed smoking when she was 118 because, as she said, not smoking made her miserable and she was too old to be made miserable. She also said to her doctor: "Once you've lived as long as me, only then can you tell me not to smoke." Good point! [USA Today, "Way to go, champ," 10/18/95].
When Mme. Calment died at 122 in l997, the new longevity champ became 116-year-old Marie-Louise Meilleur, of Canada. Mme. Meilleur had chain-smoked all her adult life (as her grandson said, "She always had a cigarette dangling from her lips as she worked,"--AP, 8/15/97, reported in Miami Herald, p. 2A). She did give up smoking, however, when she was nearly 100.
That's only 2 highly publicized cases, you want to read more, search on Bing.com for Centurion smokers.
Posted by Whataver, a resident of the Blossom Valley neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm
I don't give a rat's butt about statistics. Cigarette smoke is obnoxious to me. I don't want to breathe your damned smoke. Go smoke where you can only bother and kill yourself. If you are bringing back the stupid argument that cigarette smoke doesn't kill, then go back to the 1950's and have a freakin Marlboro. Morons.
Posted by Old Ben, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood, on Dec 2, 2011 at 1:16 am
Back your assertions up with citations, Martin Omander.
"I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss this initiative. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that smokers cost the country $96 billion a year in direct health care costs, and an additional $97 billion a year in lost productivity. That's an average of $643 per American per year. Across the 1.76 million inhabitants in Santa Clara County, it would add up to $1.1 billion per year."
Posted by Hardin, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Dec 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm
I don't smoke, but I think further legislation to restrict smoking will succumb to the law of diminishing returns. Its not very often now that I encounter smoking where I can't avoid it if I want to, nor do I find many smokers who will carelessly smoke without being sensitive to others. There's enough stigma in society with the health effects of smoking that self policing has become the norm, not the exception.
Laws don't take the place of courtesy and common sense. If I'm in a night club, I expect the smoke.
I also think the money could be better spent, since this law is unenforceable, or at the very least, will prove an unneeded distraction by police and/or an unreasonable expectation by small business owners.
Posted by Hardin, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Dec 3, 2011 at 10:34 pm
Instead of focusing on semantics between sources and links, or debating the relative health repercussions about smoking, let's answer the primary question in this debate:
How far should we be legislating individual behavior? At what point does the "common good" impinge on individual freedom? At present, smoking is still a legal activity, and I don't see the city or any other governing body advocating to make it illegal to smoke.
What's happening here is that the City is now obligated to promote a reduction in second hand smoking, as mandated by the County, who is getting direction from the Federal government.
I don't smoke and don't like smoking, but its concerning to me when government begins to encroach on individual freedoms by eroding or restricting them too expansively. Seems big brotherish to me.
Posted by Hardin, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Dec 3, 2011 at 10:55 pm
"Breathing clean air is a right, not a choice. Smoking is a choice, NOT a right. The bottom line is why do we let the !5% of the population who smoke constantly bother the 85% of us who do not smoke?"
Oh please, you can cut the melodrama. The air you breathe is more affected by emissions from industrial and automotive sources, than the 2nd hand smoke you are likely to encounter in this day and age, where cigarette smoke is already prohibited in many public spaces. As I've stated before, few are the times where I encounter second hand smoke that I can't avoid, if it really bothers me.
And to answer your question, the reason why we should put up with the 15% is because this is America. Yes, that's right, the whole point of democracy is NOT that majority rules, but that the individual rights and liberties that we all cherish in different ways, aren't trampled on just because a majority of us don't think they're important.
Its convenient to restrict the freedoms and vices you don't partake in, but by shunting aside someone else's priorities, you do no better than your average despot.
Maybe you'd like to live in Iran or North Korea...I hear they're approaching 100% consensus on most things, whether they like it or not.
Posted by mookie, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Dec 4, 2011 at 11:15 am
Welcome to the nanny state! Angry libs aren't happy enough that there are smoking bans or that they have the freedom to refrain from smoking, they want to stop other people from making their own decisions and dictate their beliefs.
Posted by Otto Maddox, a resident of the Monta Loma neighborhood, on Dec 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm
Does freedom ever play into any of this?
I don't smoke. I think cigarette smoke is disgusting.
But I don't care if other people choose to smoke. It's all about freedom. And freedom means having to put up with things you might object to sometimes. Enough trying to force people to do what is "right". We're free to do as we please.
People who complain about cigarette smoke crack me up. Where are you bumping into all these evil smokers? People can't smoke at work. You can't smoke at a restuarant. You can't smoke inside the mall, or a movie theaters, or the doctor's office, or on a plane. Where are you confined with all these evil smokers forcing you to inhale second hand smoke?
I think some people like to complain just to complain. Just because you think someone is doing something stupid doesn't mean it should be illegal.
Spending almost $7 million dollars to hassle smokers is such a waste of money. There's no math to justify it. You won't be able to determine if that $7 million actually helped.. and it probably won't. Smokers are going to smoker.. leave them alone already.
My kid's school is saying they need $12 million to remodel their facilities. Let's spend it there instead and keep the district from either borrowing the money or adding yet more taxes to my parcel.