Re: BSA National No-Smoking Policy
Jay M. Thal (Jay_M._Thal@HUD.GOV)
Fri, 23 Jun 1995 11:06:06 EST
We have lost several otherwise good Scouters in the last few years to lung
cancer. Most recently was the death of a local ASM approximately 3 years
after her husband died of lung cancer. The SM in that troop is still a
heavy smoker. I love him dearly as a fellow brother, Scouter and man, but
it pains me to see what he is inflicting upon himself.
My sister finally went "cold turkey" after 1/3 of a lung was removed.
Fortunately, in her case, that "cure" has taken for a
decade. The issue is not what we are inflicting upon
ourselves, but how are we influencing others. As parents or
Scouters we are role models. Stopping is not easy.
Tobacco usage, as with alcohol, often starts with
affectation and develops to an addictive behavior. We must
demand, at least, abstinence in the presence of our charges.
Scouting policy is clear regarding alcohol, it must not be
any less clear for tobacco products (including chewing). If
that makes an "enemy", or loses to Scouting an otherwise
exemplary leader, so be it. It's for the boys.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City