Re: Where there's smoke, there's ire! -Reply
Jim Van Hecke (vanhecke_j_f_jr@LANL.GOV)
Wed, 20 Mar 1996 09:35:22 -0700
The smoking issue is a very difficult issue to deal with, because it directly af
fects us and many of
those we care about.
For those of us who don't smoke (I used to), the issue is clear and easy to foll
ow. "There will be no
smoking at Scouting functions where youth are involved". It is easy and doesn't
hardship for me, personally. For those who do smoke, the issue is not so easily
accepted and is further clouded by the voluntary status of the smokers who are d
ealt a hardship
and could tell us to take our program and forget it.
Those of us trying to implement the policies are torn by the challenge of meetin
g the letter and
spirit of the law (policy), without shooting ourselves in the foot (or worse) by
upsetting our valuable
volunteers who just happen to smoke.
I would hope that temperance would reign, and that implementation of this polic
y would recognize
that smokers do exist, they are valuable resources to Scouting, and they should
be provided for, as
long as they smoke away from the youth.
This isn't condoning smoking or encouraging it. It is going to happen, so you
more appropriate to do it.
Jim Van Hecke I used to be an Owl...
Great Southwest Council, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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