Smoking bylaw

Resident’s comment.

Please accept this email in support of expanding the non smoking areas to include out of door activities. I used to coach my son’s baseball team in the summer and always thought it odd that the parents could smoke in their lawn chairs by the third base line and that the children would have to jog through the smoke in order to get onto the field. Many individuals are extremely sensitive to second hand smoke and some are asthmatic.

Guelph is a city with a reputation for trying to enhance their citizens’ health by the addition of bike trails and lanes, parks, and emphasis on making the city walkable. Smoking outside is the antithesis of your forward vision in this area. I would support the ban of smoking along trails, in all outdoor sports venues and gathering places such as the patios of drinking establishments. The hospital recently banned all smoking on hospital property for concerns of the health of our patients. Your initiative is just as important and sends the same message. Please contact me if you would like to discuss anything further. My views are individual but shared by others at this Community Health Centre, the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Ontario Medical Association.SR



Filed under City Policy, Health

4 responses to “Smoking bylaw

  1. Harleyrider1978

    Quite amazing asthmatic children playing baseball sliding into 3rd base with all the dust flying about from the slide……………….The pollen in the air,the fresh cut grass on the field………..Oh the poor children and grandmas over abundant perfume to see lil johnny playing ball right after his hospital stay for an asthmatic attack from some 40,000 triggers everywhere in the environment. Oh save the poor child on the bandwagon of bigotry against a simple mom or dad smoking watching lil johnny play at the field!

  2. Harleyrider1978

    Lets not forget that cookout going on to feed the lil tykes………..

    “Barbecues poison the air with toxins and could cause cancer, research suggests.
    A study by the French environmental campaigning group Robin des Bois found that a typical two-hour barbecue can release the same level of dioxins as up to 220,000 cigarettes.

    Dioxins are a group of chemicals known to increase the likelihood of cancer.

    The figures were based on grilling four large steaks, four turkey cuts and eight large sausages.”

  3. Harleyrider1978

    If you’re afraid of second-hand smoke, you should also avoid cars, restaurants…and don’t even think of barbecuing.

    here are just some of the chemicals present in tobacco smoke and what else contains them:

    Arsenic, Benzine, Formaldehyde.

    Arsenic- 8 glasses of water = 200 cigarettes worth of arsenic

    Benzine- Grilling of one burger = 250 cigarettes

    Formaldehyde – cooking a vegetarian meal = 100 cigarettes

    When you drink your 8 glasses of tap water (64 ounces) a day, you’re safely drinking up to 18,000 ng of arsenic by government safety standards of 10 nanograms/gram (10 ng/gm = 18,000ng/64oz) for daily consumption.

    Am I “poisoning” you with the arsenic from my cigarette smoke? Actually, with the average cigarette putting out 32 ng of arsenic into the air which is then diluted by normal room ventilation for an individual exposure of .032 ng/hour, you would have to hang out in a smoky bar for literally 660,000 hours every day (yeah, a bit hard, right?) to get the same dose of arsenic that the government tells you is safe to drink.

    So you can see why claims that smokers are “poisoning” people are simply silly.

    You can stay at home all day long if you don’t want all those “deadly” chemicals around you, but in fact, those alleged 4000-7000 theorized chemicals in cigarettes are present in many foods, paints etc. in much larger quantities. And as they are present in cigarettes in very small doses, they are harmless. Sorry, no matter how much you like the notion of harmful ETS, it’s a myth.

  4. Don

    I smoked for 25 years. It’s nasty , it stinks and it’s bad for your health. I always new that but when I was young and stupid I just didn’t care. Bigotry . Give me a break. Your right to exhale stinky toxic crap ends where my nose begins. Don’t blow smoke on my family. I don’t pass gas on yours.

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