Benton County Judge Bans Smoking, Tobacco Use

Posted: October 6, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Benton County Judge Bob Clinard has banned smoking and tobacco products from county property beginning Thursday.

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Benton County Tobacco Memo

County Judge Bob Clinard issued a memo about the tobacco policy change: “To protect and enhance our air quality and to contribute to the health and well-being of all employees, Benton County buildings and facilities shall be entirely tobacco free effective October 10, 2013. As of this date the use of all tobacco products, including chewing tobacco, is banned from the county workplace. Tobacco Free Workplace applies to all regular full-time and part-time employees, volunteers, visitors, and Jurors.”

Source: Benton County

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Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke is classified as a “known human carcinogen” (cancer-causing agent) by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the federal National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization.

Source: American Cancer Society

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This is one of the few things Clinard has done right. If some republican wingnut called him a liberal Democrat that is a compliment. Where I used to work you were allowed two breaks a day one in the morning and one in the aftrenoon if you were a non-smoker. If you were a smoker you could take as many breaks as you want, one employee a HR was a chain smoker and he went outside at least 25 times a day to smoke. It was obvious why he didn't get any work done, a smoker is a one handed employee. Smoking is a addiction like any other drug and it is very hard to stop, I smoked when I was in my twenties , I quit when me 3 year old said he couldn't wait till he was grown up like me so he could smoke, I never smoked again after he said that.

I used to have a department head who was the most disgusting personI have ever known, he smoked, chewed and did anything else that would harm his health. He along with his buddies would stand just outside the back door and smoke so when you left or came in you had to walk through their smoke plum. What was ironic is that there was a sign on the door not 4 feet away from them that said it was a tobacco free building, this was never enforced. This department head is no longer amongst the living his lifestyle finally caught up with him.

We should use tobacco as a way to pay are countries debt, put a huge tax on it, this will pay the debt, force people to quit smoking, and lower the amount of taxes used to pay for the care of cancer victims, and lower health insurance cost. Tobacco companies should pay a very high tax, they are the ones killing people for profit.

Okay smokers it's your turn to give me hell, knock yourselves out.


Posted by: rummy

October 6, 2013 at 7:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I wish they would do something about chemical fragrances. Those are game-stoppers for me. Went to a funeral a month ago. I had to wear a mask in order to breathe. It was the cheapest, harshest smell I've ever experienced.

The current level of chemical fragrance is insane.
So many personal products are loaded with it from hand lotions, laundry detergent, toilet paper, even magazines are made to give off fragrances.

Many children who are allergic to chemical fragrances must be home-schooled.

Posted by: cdawg

October 6, 2013 at 2:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I agree, strong odors such as clothing stores, carpet stores, and perfumes are offensive to some people including myself. Some cleaning supplies as well, I make sure my house keeper uses non-allergic cleaners they tend not to have a strong odor. I don't know why there would be a strong smell in a funeral home. I know I am allergic to strong odors, my eyes burn, my throat burns, my nose burns and I get a headache and a upset stomach.

I have the same reaction to TheMadPotato, he makes me sick, maybe I am just allergic to idiots and fools, yeah that must be it.


Posted by: rummy

October 7, 2013 at 5:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

He makes it a "smoke free" environment because he does not smoke, but I agree with him on that one. Now, he needs to enforce the "no drinking" while on the job policy...starting at the top!

Posted by: WeKnowMoreThanTheyThink

October 9, 2013 at 1:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I've been in homes were people have these plug in frangrance heater devices that put out fumes so strong, if your near them, they can almost make a healthy goat throw up.
I unplug them when they aren't looking. Depending on my mood, I plug them back in before I leave. Same with those horrible bathroom sprayers on timers in public bathrooms. Those don't get plugged back in.

Posted by: fayfreethinker

October 9, 2013 at 1:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )