Web site a source of smoke ban information

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, January 11, 2004

I respectfully request that all members of the CBJ Assembly read the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) issue analysis regarding smoking bans. This is the introduction to the report from the ALEC Web site (http://www.alec.org/):

"Report - Second-Hand Science: Revisiting Smoking Bans": States and municipalities across the country are beginning to impose complete bans on indoor smoking, most often citing concerns about secondhand smoke. ALEC examines various aspects of this trend, including the science behind secondhand smoke, the bans themselves, and the effects on businesses. Indoor smoking bans directly contribute to the decline of certain small businesses and are representative of a disturbing movement away from individual liberty and free enterprise."

The direct link to the full report is: http://www.alec.org/meSWFiles/pdf/0338.pdf. This report, among other things, cites deep flaws in the Environmental Protection Agency and World Health Organization reports on the risk of secondhand smoke. It also states that smoking ban initiatives are moving forward with full force and with little standing in the way, thanks to a massive health fraud perpetrated on the general public. As for the cost to business, a survey by the New York Post of 50 restaurants in New York City indicated that many had been hurt since the smoking ban took effect. In some bars and restaurants, business was down by as much as 50 percent.

Pete Rogers

Juneau



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