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South Bend to consider comprehensive smoking ban – Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

is considering a comprehensive ordinance that would prevent people from smoking in any indoor business, including bars and clubs.

If we have to smoking because of , do we also have to ban movie theaters from making popcorn?

South Bend council considering smoking ban once again

Gavin says there’s no data to support the idea that a hurts business. He says the “clean air ordinance” focuses on improving public safety.

Is Second-Hand Smoke Really that Dangerous?

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.

The Second-Hand Smoke Charade

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.

The Myth of Second Hand Smoke by Dr. Terry Simpson

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”.

Local sheriff involved in Nevada ranch battle

A local is getting involved in a dispute playing out thousands of miles away. Elkhart County was in this weekend giving a speech near the where Cliven lives.

Sheriff travels to Nev. ranch in fed dispute » Local News » Goshen News, Goshen, IN

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 Friday and stayed in the area through Sunday; Rogers said he did so on personal vacation time “and not on the taxpayer dime.”

Gov. Mary Fallin signs distributed generation bill | News OK

Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill Monday that would allow regulated electric utilities to establish a new customer class for users of rooftop or small .

Bill Would Ban Connecticut Childcare Providers From Serving Whole Milk – Hit & Run :

A new bill making its way through the Connecticut legislature would ban daycare centers and home providers from serving 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.

Is It Time to Remove ‘Under God’ From the Pledge of Allegiance? |

When asked, ”Should the words ‘’ be removed from or remain in the 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.

U.S. proposal would ban e-cigarette sales to minors, allow advertising | Reuters

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e- to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children.