Re: SMOKING (was Re: Return From Philmont)
Darrell Bartels (mrbart@EXIS.NET)
Tue, 18 Jun 1996 21:10:25 -0400
>> Isn't Philmont subject to the National BSA no smoking policy (Section
>>IV, Guide to Safe Scouting,1994 edition) :
>This concerned me when attending W-CS-38 at Philmont this past May. They had
>3 smoking areas set up for the convience of the participants, and staff.
>my Den had no smokers in it, so we weren't affected. But I know one den that
>spent a good deal of their den sessions in the smoking area by the PTC office.
>I also had the same experience happen when attending NCS at Camp Winnataska,
>outside Birmingham this past March. The program director stated early on that
>BSA policy mandates that smoking should be done in the parking lot, outside
>the camp gate, BUT since time was limited and several of the staff were smokers
>that they were giving a special dispensation for the course to smoke by the
>pole behind the dining hall (where the majority of the sessions were held).
>Now if it seems like I'm harping on this, I am. If the good Lord lets me make
>it until 2:30 pm this Friday, it will be 3 years since I quit smoking (a 23
>year habit). If BSA made the policy, then it SHOULD be inforced. If you let
>one policy slide, then soon it will be another, and another ...
>Pity this nation is making outlaws out of smokers but lets prople continue
to drink and kill prople!! Drunk drivers kill over 20,000 innocent prople.
EPA cannot put a number to the supposed second hand smoke theory. Cars
produce more toxins just starting than any cigarette will. I'll stop
smoking my pipe when people stop drinking and driving- I mean 100% stopped!!!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City