John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Wed, 28 Sep 1994 18:12:33 -0400
I have seen a few messages here about what to do about Scouts who smoke. I
have a similar dilemma that I am wrestling with.
I serve as OA chapter adviser. Last summer while talking people late one
evening in the staff area at camp (YPP was followed!!) one of the camp
staff, who is also my chapter chief came up to us while smoking a cigarette.
No effort was made to hide it from the adults. He is under 18.
He was also on staff at a recent JLT course lit up there also as well as a
good friend of his who is Lodge Treasurer and wants to run for Section
office in the Spring. This was in an area where only staff were present,
but staff includes youth and adults and the participants were within sight.
He never smokes around younger scouts; only as described above.
It is further complicated by the fact that I live in North Carolina, the
state responsible for the vast majority of the tobacco grown in the U.S.
Our council also covers several rural counties where tobacco is the main
source of income for many people. The anti-smoking lobbies are very
unpopular here and non-smoking laws are very grudgingly tolerated.
It is not at all uncommon for young men to smoke and it is apparently much
less stigmatized here than elsewhere.
I have refrained from confronting him on this issue since I am the "new kid
on the block"; other adults have tolerated it; and he is not in my troop.
I know not what to do or how to handle it.
John E. Pannell
Alamance Chapter Adviser - Tsalagi 163
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