Jim Miller Sr. (JJMSR@AOL.COM)
Fri, 11 Aug 1995 09:52:34 -0400
In a message dated 95-08-10 21:38:56 EDT, JPMESQPI writes:
<< Subj: smoking
Date: 95-08-10 21:38:56 EDT
Sorry guys, but there is a national policy, (Section IV, Guide to Safe
Scouting) and if a group of chemically dependent persons get defensive about
someone asking them to consider that their habit, which : A. kills a lot of
people; B. causes untold billions of dollars in health care losses; C.
Starts a high percentage of fires resulting in further billions of dollars
in loss and lives ruined; D. has turned even the most wild and/or sacred
areas of this beautiful creation of God into a big ashtray with litter from
these "rugged individualists"D:
is a major contributor to SIDS and childhood disease and last but hardly
least is E. The gateway drug of choice for almost all persons
addicted to other drugs, and the criminal behavior involved thereby, well, I
guess I'll just have to figure out some way to sleep despite it.
If Jr. smokes, how much do you want to wager that Sr. does? Tolerance is one
of those basically good ideas that can get out of hand when it turns into
enabling. There are areas that simply do
boil down to right and wrong. Smoking is one of these. IT IS WRONG TO ALLOW
PEOPLE TO CORRUPT CHILDREN!
I will pray for your enlightenment.
Not perfect, but trying
Katahdin Area Council
I believe you need to read the policy. Nowhere does it say we should throw
smokers out as the original post implied. I follow the policy to the letter.
It relates to smoking in front of youth and not smoking in or around BSA
That is a far cry from throwing people out beacuse of a personal addition
which by following the rules they do not impose on others.
Perhaps we should throw out all the overweight people because they set a bad
example to youth and (my god!) they stand there being overweight right in
front of the kids.
Maybe we should throw out all the people who don't bathe regularly. They
smell in front of the kids.
Let's throw out all the leaders who go two miles an hour over the speed limit
while driving because they are setting a bad example as well as endangering
the lives of the scouts in their vehicle.
Yes, smoking is a bad habit that we hope children won't pick up. But that
doesn't mean we need to reconstitute the inquisition. This has turned into a
witch hunt. Enforce the rules as promulgated, don't condemn 25 million
people (the current number of smokers in the United States alone) based on
some strange crusade you happen to be part of.
Tone down the rhetoric, boost up the tolerance control and let's work this
P.S. Many smokers "field strip" their used cigerette butts and carry the
remainder to an appropriate litter container. The individuals who don't
should be chastised, not the group as a whole.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City