Monday, October 30, 2006

The debate on the Ohio smoking ballot issues...

Very light on the running front this weekend. Only one lazy run this weekend coupled with sleeping in on both days. Normally, I love to rise early and get going on my Saturdays and Sundays. With the help of the windy rainy weather, I ended up devoting more time for rest and catching up at home.


The election awaits in 8 days and there are two smoking issues on the Ohio ballot. With two issues, it would seem logical that there's a debate between the two issues.

Issue 4 - Smoke Less Ohio (dubbed as the Common Sense Smoking Ban)

Issue 5 - Smoke Free Ohio

I contend there is no debate. Rather, its legal jockeying and I fear that big tobacco's lawyers have out-lawyered the good guys.

Issue 4 (SmokeLess) is funded by a coalition of groups led by R.J. Reynolds and the Ohio Licensed Beverage Association. Their motivation is more about their companies' bottom line and not in the best interests of Ohio citizens.

Issue 5 (SmokeFree) is sponsored by a long list of organizations, including the American Cancer Society in collaboration with the American Heart Association, American Lung Association, the Ohio Health Commissioners Association, and the Ohio Hospital Association.

Many people will vote for Issue 4 because it's the "Common Sense" smoking ban. In reality, its an amendment to the state constitution that will supercede Issue 5.

I fear that Issue 4 will pass. If it does, it doesn't matter what happens with Issue 5.

I don't think that most Ohio voters know that Issue 4 will ease current smoking restrictions and is really the "smoke more" amendment. Issue 4 will expand smoking by repealing tough city ordinances such as the one in Columbus.

I can't remember being this fired up over a ballot issue. I'm incensed. Lost in this legal shuffle is the fact that "workers' rights" to clean safe air is being undermined by the tobbaco lobby and their fight for "smokers' rights." Huh?

Stay tuned. For the next 8 days I'm tempted to change the name of my blog to: No on 4, Yes on 5.

I feel a need to get the word out: Issue 4 does not protect workers' rights to safe clean air in the workplace.


Blogger JenC said...

I'm voting the same as you. Let's hope enough of us have gotten the correct word. Unfortunately, there are a lot of smokers too out there. After the Browns game in the stairwell yesterday, it was like being in a bar. Yuck!

9:05 AM  
Blogger Papa Louie said...

NO on 4 and Yes on 5!!!

3:33 PM  
Blogger E-Speed said...


5:05 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Thanks for the reminder again!
My polling place is about 4 miles away, and I always enjoy running there. I always get the incredulous looks, and then I get the "ow, you're that running lady" comment.

7:29 PM  

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