Re: Where there's smoke, there's ire!
Norman J. MacLeod (gaelwolf@SSNET.COM)
Tue, 19 Mar 1996 06:04:18 -0500
It sounds as if whoever or whatever committee wrote that paragraph need
to be a little clearer in their use of the English language.
If they meant that smoking at any activity where youth are present is
now banned, they ought to have used the words "will not" or "cannot" in
order to clarify the phrase in American English useage. In UK useage, it
comes across as more a prohibition...
Is the BSA actually trying to say that people who can't do without the
occasional cigarette might as well resign? While I am a non-smoker, I
think this is not going to help the overall quality of the programme the
BSA offers very much...
While the misuse alcoholic beverages on camp presents very clear safety
concerns and risks, I fail to see how smoking or chewing would place
children at immediate risk of physical injury. I certainly can
understand the concern that seeing a role model smoking might make an
impressionable youngster more likely to pick up a cigarette, though.
On the other hand, thre is something to be said for the same role model
telling the Scouts that smoking is a terrible habit that is very hard to
quit - and ought never be started...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City