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A Modest Proposal

I have an idea.

WHEREAS the climate in Portland is not conducive to outdoor lunching and dining for nine months out of the year; and

WHEREAS when the weather does conduce to said outdoor prandial activities, people flock from their offices to the city's parks to sit on benches in the precious rare sunshine and eat their little lunches; and

WHEREAS the indoor air quality in Portland is already largely protected by bans on smoking

IT IS HEREBY PROPOSED that all the parks near my office be declared Indoor Areas during the months of June, July, August and maybe September and even that little bit of October at the beginning before the Rain Year begins, and that as such, no freaking SMOKING be allowed in them.



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Jul. 14th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
I'm frequently surprised at how much more sensitive my nose is to the scent of cigarette tobacco now, after all the indoor-smoking bans and the decline in absolute numbers of smokers. Now I can be ten or twenty feet away from a smoker, outdoors, and still the fumes will make me cough. Used to be that someone could be standing right next to me with a lit cig and I wouldn't even notice.

It's definitely a good thing, except for the infrequent times I find myself downwind of a smoker.
Jul. 14th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
As a former smoker myself, I have zero sympathy for "smokers' rights". Hell, I'd rather sit in the same park with someone shooting up heroin--at least that doesn't impact me directly. (okay, slight exaggeration for effect.)

I was delighted when the city finally banned smoking within 20 feet of the entrances to buildings. Now they need to ban it within 100 feet of any building. Hah! That would be everywhere in the city core.

Jul. 15th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Interesting about not being able to smoke within 20 feet of building entrances. The UK has had a smoking ban for about a year now, but you still have to fight your way through smokers and their smoke before you can get into the pub.
Jul. 15th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, during the 15-year gap between "no smoking in the office" and "no smoking NEAR the office" we still had to run the secondhand-smoke gauntlet.

The change has been a blessing, and I do think more and more people are quitting smoking or at least cutting back, because it's so damned difficult to smoke anywhere during the workday.
Jul. 15th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Motion seconded. I completely sympathize! To sum up: yuck.
Jul. 15th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Hee! "In summary, your honor..."
Jul. 15th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
Here in Washington all smoking is banned in restaurants, inside or out. It is heaven! I really notice it when I am in another state and you still have to ask for non-smoking, which is right next to smoking so you are still breathing it and smelling it. Consiquently, we hardly ever see anyone smoking in the parks or anyplace else. I love it!
Jul. 15th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
It's getting better here all the time--mostly because fewer and fewer people smoke anymore. But I think it's reflective of Oregon's strong libertarian streak that we've been slower to ban smoking outright in all public spaces.

I have NO problem, however, glaring harshly at someone who still has the balls to be smoking in, say, a Tri-Met shelter on a rainy day.

Next stop: WHEREAS nobody wants to hear your goddamned cellular phone conversation on their peaceful morning commute...

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