Re: Where there's smoke, there's ire!
[Morton Raban] (mxr@CHEM.WAYNE.EDU)
Tue, 19 Mar 1996 14:23:08 +1000
>The paragraph under debate:
>"Adult leaders should support the attitude that young adults are better off
>without tobacco and" "may not allow the use of tobacco products at any BSA
>activity involving youth participants."
I think that it is pretty clear that the BSA recognizes the heath hazard
and is against tobacco use (smoking, chewing etc.) but recognizes some
adults are "hooked" and tries to accomodate to the situation. BSA requires
that smokers accept that boys should be dissuaded from smoking (or other
use of tobacco) at any time, prohibit smoking by boys at any scout
activity, and refrain from use of tobacco products when ever youth is
present. The paragraph does imply that tobacco use is not prohibited at
adult only events such as parents dinners and scouter training events. In
many places it is accepted that scouters should be able to indulge on
campouts if they are careful to make sure that it is out of sight of the
scouts. This seems to be within the spirit of the paragraph.
W. Bloomfield, MI
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City