Re: BSA & Smoking Policy
Norman J. MacLeod (gaelwolf@MARLIN.SSNET.COM)
Sun, 23 Apr 1995 17:59:42 EDT
As you may remember, there is only one problem with common sense ---- it
simply ain't all that common...
I think the BSA is shooting itself in the foot on this one. There are a lot
of Leaders who are also smokers. Some of them have tried to stop, but
cannot. Are the rules now telling them to put out the smoke or get out of
Scouting? If so, then there is probably a problem amongst the policy-makers
not understanding what they are doing to Scouting at the local level.
I am a non-smoker. Always have been. Smokers in my family tend to die many
years sooner than I would like to. So, although I have an intellectual
concept of how hard it is for some folks to quite smoking (having seen my
father try to quit, as well as some of the people who work for me), I don't
have a full appreciation of the difficulty for smokers to quit. Some can,
some have, but others have tried and couldn't, for one reason or another.
Are we going to sit here and effectively ban them from Scouting activities
that last more than a couple of hours?
Can we afford to lose the Leaders who find themselves unable to stop
smoking, and who follow the Scout Promise and Law to the point where they
will leave Scouting rather than compromise their adherence to the Promise
Did anyone from National ask the volunteers for their opinions before this
was made into policy?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City