Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Smoking and scouts
Re: Smoking and scouts
Fri, 27 Nov 1998 19:25:38 -0600
Gather 'round to hear what Bruce E. Cobern said at about 18:51 on 27 Nov 98,:
> 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.
First, I agree that there should be no smoking in front of or around
scouts and their events, period. I also believe that, as stated in
another post, if you're in uniform you should not be doing anything
that would be considered or construed as detrimental to BSA's or
chartering organizations image. This would include smoking,
drinking or other things that would be considered inappropriate for
someone to do while working with kids, which is what the public
assumes when they see you in uniform.
How many of you would consider having a gin & tonic area at pack
or troop meetings?
> 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.
I would imagine that here, national and councils are dealing with
Federal and/or state ordinances. I know that certain parts of
California, for instance, allow no smoking in a public place while
here in Illinois there are many local ordinances that require a
"smoking section" be available.
I'm sure even you smokers would agree, this is not a habit you want
to pass along to the kids.