Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Smoking and scouts
Re: Smoking and scouts
Bruce E. Cobern
Fri, 27 Nov 1998 18:51:00 -0500
At 03:35 PM 11/27/98 -0600, Mark Arend wrote:
>They tell us about smoking areas because it's fine to say "no smoking" but
>someone who _needs_ to smoke will do so in spite of rules. That's why
>it's called an addiction.
>In our Council it's in some out-of-the-way, inconvenient place (like the
>back parking lot).
I understand that, and really have no problem with that as a functional
solution. My problem is with the intellectual dishonesty of establishing a
policy and then prescribing means of breaking the policy in an acceptable
manner. If they really believe that the rule is "no smoking in front of the
Scouts," then that is what the policy should be.
In fact, this area has been real interesting over the years, because, while
the policy has been what it is for a number of years, they went though this
big announcement several years ago about all national real estate becoming
smoke free and the establishment of smoking areas. They also requested all
councils to adopt the same policy with regard to their properties. I found
it interesting that national adopted a "policy" for their property (and
suggested councils do the same) which was less restrictive than the official
policy already in place.
Again, I think that "not in view of the Scouts" is an acceptable modus
operandi in light of the nature of the addiction, but I think that the
official policy should mirror that modus operandi.
Bruce E. Cobern