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Efforts by NWHU go too far

Letter to the editor,
This is an absolute disgrace.
I realize that it is unfair to non-smokers to have to bring their children into a smoking area, but on the same hand, it is unfair to us smokers to be discriminated against for a habit that is very hard to overcome.
I read an article recently that stated “nicotine is more addictive than cocaine, heroin, and marijuana combined.”
Don’t you non-smokers think that maybe there would be less smokers if it wasn’t such a hard habit to kick?
People are trying everyday to quit, but many of us try and try but continue to fail. Also, I think the idea that smoking is hurting our employees is also just a way to pass this law. I was in Fort Frances the other day and stopped in at Pizza Hut which will be going smoke-free on June 1st, 2002, and while I sat there...I watched 5 out of 6 workers sit down to have a smoke break. So, I don’t think it will be too beneficial for them. Besides, aren’t there enough smoke free places to bring your kids if you want to go for dinner? I know that around Rainy there are none, but maybe they (the restaurant owners) can work something out among themselves as to having one smoking and one non-smoking. But either way, it should be up to the owners as to what they want to do, as the health unit is not paying the rent on the building.
Furthermore, smoking should still be allowed at the beach, on the dock and anywhere else outside. That is like passing a law stating that nobody is allowed out of their homes between the hours of 1:00-3:00pm because of the very harmful UV rays during that time of the day.
I just think that the Northwestern Health Unit has taken this too far.
All office buildings, stores, hospitals, and such have already been forced to go non-smoking, when 25 years ago it was fine and nobody was complaining then.

–Shannon Jonasson
Rainy River, ON