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Saturday, February 24, 2007

And we will smoke them all*

Last fall Springfield enacted a smoking ban. Despite early indications to the contrary, Illinois is on its way to enacting a similar ban this year, having advanced the Smoke Free Illinois Act from committee to the House floor.

Both of these bans have very few exceptions. One exception to House Bill 246 as it reads now is:

Private and semi-private rooms in nursing homes and long-term care facilities that are occupied by one or more persons, all of whom are smokers and have requested in writing to be placed or to remain in a room where smoking is permitted and the smoke shall not infiltrate other areas of the nursing home. (Emphasis added.)

The ban in Springfield has a similar exception.

Bars and fraternal clubs, on their own behalves and through their lobbyists, fought really hard, but failed to get exceptions. Does the nursing home industry have such a strong lobby that it gets an exception? Is this even the work of AARP? It surely can't be because the smoking rooms in nursing homes generally smell better than the rest of the place.

This is not a complaint about smoking bans. Just pointing out an incongruity for the reasons given for the ban.

* ... with an intellect and a savoir-faire. We will watch them fall. 7

Posted by Marie at February 24, 2007 10:09 PM


Ahh, Prince. :)

Posted by: Ben at February 25, 2007 12:53 AM

I think the whole point of the ban is to prevent smokers from causing harm (ie: second-hand smoke) to non-smokers in either public areas or private areas that the smoker doesn't soley occupy (ie: homes and cars). People in retirement homes and long-care facilities live there either permanently or for long periods of time, making it a gray area between both of these types of places.

Posted by: daveheinzel at February 25, 2007 10:48 AM

Heh. "Gray area." Because it's a nursing home. Heh.

Posted by: The Abstract Prosaic at February 25, 2007 1:27 PM