Re: BSA & Smoking Policy; a little rant
Ted Burton (tedburtn@HALCYON.COM)
Wed, 26 Apr 1995 06:00:22 -0600
Bert Austin wrote:
>I think what is becoming evident in posts on this subject is that society is
>in transition from a time when smoking was socially acceptable (even
>to a time when smoking will not be generally acceptable.........
>......... Equating smoking with drug use or even alcohol use I think is
>a bit extreme. I do think discouragement of smoking should among a leaders
>goals & (s)he should be conscious of "setting the example".
>A scout is kind means being tolerant of others faults.
Agreed about tolerance. but
Whooo boy, one of my buttons got pushed, and now you all have a chance to
put up with my 0.02 worth for which I fully expect to get flamed, or worse
yet, shelled with Willy Pete.....
As best I can tell from my professional work as a Prosecutor and being an
amateur medical/psychological literature peruser (left over from being US
Alcohol ruins more lives than do _other_ drugs. Alcohol-drowned and ruined
beings wash up in our courtroom by the dozens. Yes, alcohol meets every
practical definitional test for 'drug.' That's true even if I love good
beer. Alcohol is the all time record-holding life wrecker in the Courtroom.
We get alcohol-induced drunk driving, fights, battery, domestic battery,
protective order violations, trespass, rape, stalking, harrassment etc.
Marijuana and methamphetimes dull ambition, and delude people into thinking
they are better off than they in fact are. I've had people in the Courtroom
that were so high on meth that they were smiling yes yes to the judge as
they were being sentenced to jail as if they were six years old being
invited to a birthday party. Unless driving under the influence, and unless
they are the provider for a family, these people are hurting mostly
themselves. The perfect stuff to administer to someone you wish to
volunteer for a barrel ride over Niagara.
But tobacco, because of its greater prevalance of abuse, kills more people
than do these _other_ drugs. Yes, tobacco is also a drug with addictive
properties perhaps second only to cocaine, and we now know it kills people
Someone who sells or provides any of the same to a kid should be hammered
as if for attempted manslaughter.
Sure is a mixed up world sometimes... when death is legally sold at the
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