>> Saturday, January 3, 2009
I know, multiple posts in a day is a miracle, but this may become habit. Recently I was browsing one of my fave local blogs, the St. Thomas Blog, and there was a post with science (gasp!) showing the drastic decline in heart attacks in one community after a smoking ban was put into effect. The original article Scott got the information from is here. There were a lot of comments really quick on this post and when asked how do we start and what do we do, the next post was this:
Good morning Governor deJongh, Jr.
My name is Scott White and I run the most successful blog (with over 2000 readers per day) in the USVI called “The St. Thomas Blog”. Recently I published an article about banning smoking in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and the work place. You can see that article here: http://www.stthomasblog.com/?p=1528. A new study has revealed that secondhand smoke is much more dangerous than recently thought:
The study, the longest-running of its kind, showed the rate of hospitalized cases dropped 41 percent in the three years after the ban of workplace smoking in Pueblo, Colo., took effect. There was no such drop in two neighboring areas, and researchers believe it’s a clear sign the ban was responsible.
The letter continues on but is really well written.
I am really glad that someone is taking initiative. I lean towards the rules in Florida. I should be allowed to smoke at a bar, but not if there is food. Not for my sake, but just for the sake of everyone else. It is just a polite thing to do. You can always go outside to smoke. It's not that serious... but what do you guys think. Should the VI ban smoking in places?
Playing the devil's advocate here: people like to party when they come here and that, apparently, includes smoking. You could always hang out someplace smoke free. Obviously the patrons at these full smokey places don't mind... But really, what do you think? I know I am getting poll crazy, but there is science in polling. I swear.