Gavin says there’s no data to support the idea that a ban hurts business. He says the “clean air ordinance” focuses on improving public safety.
The largest and longest study (Enstrom & Kabat) followed more than 35,000 subjects for almost 40 years and found no significant risk associated with second-hand smoke. Similarly, the World Health Organization spent seven years at a dozen research centers in seven countries and came to the same conclusion.
It now turns out that the influential 1993 EPA report “Respiratory Health Effects of Passive Smoking: Lung Cancer and Other Disorders” was as phony as a three-dollar bill. State officials and private businesses that believed that ETS was a public health danger (and not just a nuisance) were completely misled by the EPA. And, of course, so was main street American public opinion.
In a study spanning 16 U.S. cities, the U.S. Department of Energy researchers placed monitors on nonsmoking bartenders and waiters who worked in smoke-filled bars and restaurants to measure the amount of environmental tobacco. The conclusion was that the monitors detected minuscule amounts of tobacco products. (Jenkins, et al, 1999) The harm that might come from such minuscule amounts of exposure was calculated as “none” to “improbable harm”.
A local #sheriff is getting involved in a dispute playing out thousands of miles away. Elkhart County Sheriff #Brad Rogers was in #Nevada this weekend giving a speech near the #ranch where Cliven #Bundy lives.
Rogers was invited to Nevada by the Bundy family and the Oath Keepers, a group defining itself as defending the Constitution. The sheriff arrived at the ranch Friday and stayed in the area through Sunday; Rogers said he did so on personal vacation time “and not on the taxpayer dime.”
A new bill making its way through the Connecticut legislature would ban daycare centers and home #childcare providers from serving #whole milk or 2% milk to the kids in their care. Setting aside for a moment the sheer lunacy of the proposed law’s premise, I’d like to point out that it’s also based on an incredibly faulty understanding of nutrition.
When asked, ”Should the words ‘#under God’ be removed from or remain in the #Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America?,” 85 percent of respondents opted to keep the current wording. Only 8 percent of those surveyed said it should be removed.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-#cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children.