N.J. governor signs indoor smoking ban

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With a flick of the pen, Gov. Richard J. Codey on Sunday kicked New Jersey's indoor smoking habit.
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Kyley

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Jan 16, 2006
 

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It's a shame that our rights and freedoms are slowly being taken away. No talking on the cell phone, what snacks your allowed to pack in your child's lunch, what modifications you can make on your own car, etc. This state along with this country is being ran by the government. They listen to your conversations on any phone, they tell our children what clothes they can and can't wear in the schools, and they make rules without the public being able to vote for it or against it. This new smoking ban is going to ruin a lot of businesses. It has hurt New York and now New Jersey will follow. Our troops are fighting for freedom in Afghanistan when we are losing our freedom here. They should make smoking booths that are enclosed so that non-smoking folks won't be affected but instead they just decide to make everyone stop smoking all together. People have been smoking probably before the 1900's and now we have to do what the Government wants us to do which is stop. They raise the prices on cigarettes but you can't even smoke them anywhere. They don't offer smoking cessation to folks for free that's another thing you have to pay put of your own pocket to conform to the Government's wishes. The Government should mind there own business and get us out debt from this war and over paid politicions who have nothing better to do than impose stupid rules just to make more money off of people. I want a list of all the names of the people who voted on the smoking ban. They should never run again anywhere and people should not vote for them again. Atlantic City has big bucks so of course they wouldn't dare try to stop smoking there. I hope someone gets this overturned and I also hope the Government minds their business and makes laws that protect people instead of hurting them. What's next there going to ban drinking because it impairs your driving and damages your liver, which is way more serious than smoking. The law is not fair and they know it but it's just another way they are going to try to control us. The jails aren't full enough, not until they have the entire US jailed for petty rules they impose. Enough is enough. Time to over run the Government before they get out of control. We need real people in the office, not a bunch of hypocrites.

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Kyley wrote:
It's a shame that our rights and freedoms are slowly being taken away. No talking on the cell phone, what snacks your allowed to pack in your child's lunch, what modifications you can make on your own car, etc. This state along with this country is being ran by the government. They listen to your conversations on any phone, they tell our children what clothes they can and can't wear in the schools, and they make rules without the public being able to vote for it or against it. This new smoking ban is going to ruin a lot of businesses. It has hurt New York and now New Jersey will follow. Our troops are fighting for freedom in Afghanistan when we are losing our freedom here. They should make smoking booths that are enclosed so that non-smoking folks won't be affected but instead they just decide to make everyone stop smoking all together. People have been smoking probably before the 1900's and now we have to do what the Government wants us to do which is stop. They raise the prices on cigarettes but you can't even smoke them anywhere. They don't offer smoking cessation to folks for free that's another thing you have to pay put of your own pocket to conform to the Government's wishes. The Government should mind there own business and get us out debt from this war and over paid politicions who have nothing better to do than impose stupid rules just to make more money off of people. I want a list of all the names of the people who voted on the smoking ban. They should never run again anywhere and people should not vote for them again. Atlantic City has big bucks so of course they wouldn't dare try to stop smoking there. I hope someone gets this overturned and I also hope the Government minds their business and makes laws that protect people instead of hurting them. What's next there going to ban drinking because it impairs your driving and damages your liver, which is way more serious than smoking. The law is not fair and they know it but it's just another way they are going to try to control us. The jails aren't full enough, not until they have the entire US jailed for petty rules they impose. Enough is enough. Time to over run the Government before they get out of control. We need real people in the office, not a bunch of hypocrites.
"No talking on the cell phone" - If you mean the ban on talking on a cell phone while driving with a headset, yeah its annoying but it makes the road safer. I've seen studies that show talking on the phone while driving is almost equivalent to driving drunk.

"what snacks your allowed to pack in your child's lunch" - Uhh...since when??

"what modifications you can make on your own car" - Because people are stupid and thoughtless, and for the safety of other drivers they shouldn't have 1,000,000 candlepower headlights, etc

What proof do you have to back up your claim that the smoking ban has "hurt" New York? Protecting the general public from second-hand smoke seems like a great way to help our country get out of debt. It'll help to decrease the cost of gov't sponsered medical programs, and decrease tax revenue losses from lost man hours due to smoking-related medical illnesses. You still have the freedom to smoke outside and in your own house, just not the freedom to poison other people inside. Additionally, as breaking the smoking ban is not a criminal offense, it will have no effect on how full the jails are.
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Jan 19, 2006
 
I LOVE the casinos and love to gamble. I cannot stand it when someone near me lights up; the smoke floats into my face and when I leave, my clothes reek. The air is smoke filled and I have to breathe in the 2nd hand smoke; everyone knows how dangerous this is to the non-smoker. The casino floors make my eyes water, sting, and my clothes and hair stink by the time I leave. There are times when I have to leave a crowded casino floor because I simply cannot breathe. It is MY rights that are being violated every time I enter a smoke filled room. If someone wants to have a disgusting, yellow teeth staining, wrinkle causing and lung damaged body, that is their business; please do not force ME to share in your disgusting habits. Why should I HAVE to breathe in the 2nd hand smoke?? Just like illegal habits, i.e., needle users, etc., or anything addictive, do it behind your closed doors but please do NOT expose me to your health risks. I HATE breathing in nasty smoke; many times I wake up the next day with sinus infections and fever since I have to try and avoid a public venue for entertainment that is being ruined by your dirty, disgusting, and cancer causing habits. I have watched people die a slow death from either emphyzema and my father who died of lung cancer; himself a heavy smoker in his time. PLEASE to all law makers; please ban smoking in the casinos so that people like myself can go out for a good time without breathing in the person's next to me bad habits and forcing me to breathe in smoke; the casinos were created for fun and entertainment; not for me to have ot go there to suffer by breathing in the 2nd hand smoke. Keep all of your nasty habits to yourself, either in your own car or own home but do NOT expose me to it. It is a filthy, face aging, lung damaging, wrinkle causing, yellow teeth and finger habit that is nasty/ash filled filth.(not to mention a waste of money.) The truth is it is an addiction so get some help for it; QUIT SMOKING; save your life and the life of your little nieces, nephews, sisters, brothers, and little children so that they will also NOT have to br4eathe in your bad habits. Thank you.
RKOUL

Since: Dec 05

Philadelphia, PA

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gigi re smoking ban wrote:
I LOVE the casinos and love to gamble. I cannot stand it when someone near me lights up; the smoke floats into my face and when I leave, my clothes reek. The air is smoke filled and I have to breathe in the 2nd hand smoke; everyone knows how dangerous this is to the non-smoker. The casino floors make my eyes water, sting, and my clothes and hair stink by the time I leave. There are times when I have to leave a crowded casino floor because I simply cannot breathe. It is MY rights that are being violated every time I enter a smoke filled room. If someone wants to have a disgusting, yellow teeth staining, wrinkle causing and lung damaged body, that is their business; please do not force ME to share in your disgusting habits. Why should I HAVE to breathe in the 2nd hand smoke?? Just like illegal habits, i.e., needle users, etc., or anything addictive, do it behind your closed doors but please do NOT expose me to your health risks. I HATE breathing in nasty smoke; many times I wake up the next day with sinus infections and fever since I have to try and avoid a public venue for entertainment that is being ruined by your dirty, disgusting, and cancer causing habits. I have watched people die a slow death from either emphyzema and my father who died of lung cancer; himself a heavy smoker in his time. PLEASE to all law makers; please ban smoking in the casinos so that people like myself can go out for a good time without breathing in the person's next to me bad habits and forcing me to breathe in smoke; the casinos were created for fun and entertainment; not for me to have ot go there to suffer by breathing in the 2nd hand smoke. Keep all of your nasty habits to yourself, either in your own car or own home but do NOT expose me to it. It is a filthy, face aging, lung damaging, wrinkle causing, yellow teeth and finger habit that is nasty/ash filled filth.(not to mention a waste of money.) The truth is it is an addiction so get some help for it; QUIT SMOKING; save your life and the life of your little nieces, nephews, sisters, brothers, and little children so that they will also NOT have to br4eathe in your bad habits. Thank you.
I agree secondary smoke infringes on your right to breathing smoke free. I also hope your state is doing everything to keep you informed with untraceable radon in your home, office and children's schools/dorms. Radon alone in Delaware will take more lives due to cancer risk tahn smoking, yet the state has taken a posture to keep accurate radon information from the reach of minority population/overlook faulty radon mitigation systems that may prove dangerous to indoor air environment. I am sure your state Public Health Agency is not affected by the malaise as is happening in Delaware and that the state administrators are not strangulating radon programs by going agginst EPA guidance but for its dollars to keep conflicting groups in business. You should check your house for radon and other indoor contaminants as well besides avoiding smokers.
JennaC

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Jan 26, 2006
 
Casinos offer Non smoking rooms ... I Fully agree that this is going to hurt NJ's business's .. it is going a bit to far.
Resturants are understandable... when people are eating they do not want to have smoke in their faces, and the little peice of glass that seperates the smoking section from the non is useless. But I believe that it is shame that you can no longer go to a bar and smoke. This is going to make the small business owners loose alot of profit. NY bars have lost alot of profit after there ban. For 100's of years this has not been a problem and no offence but if you are a non smoker and you walk into the dingy bar around the corner you expect smoke in your face. It is your choice to deal with it or not. There are pro's and con's of the ban, as I said banning resturants and food establishment is the best idea that they have ever had. But but removing smoking from the pubs and cafe's is juat senceless in my book.
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Jan 26, 2006
 
The only rights a smoker has is "the right to kill themselves" and even that should be regulated.

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Palo Alto, CA

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Jan 26, 2006
 
I keep hearing about businesses losing money due to smoking bans, yet I've yet to see any hard numbers to back this up. Anyone?
JennaC wrote:
Casinos offer Non smoking rooms ... I Fully agree that this is going to hurt NJ's business's .. it is going a bit to far.
Resturants are understandable... when people are eating they do not want to have smoke in their faces, and the little peice of glass that seperates the smoking section from the non is useless. But I believe that it is shame that you can no longer go to a bar and smoke. This is going to make the small business owners loose alot of profit. NY bars have lost alot of profit after there ban. For 100's of years this has not been a problem and no offence but if you are a non smoker and you walk into the dingy bar around the corner you expect smoke in your face. It is your choice to deal with it or not. There are pro's and con's of the ban, as I said banning resturants and food establishment is the best idea that they have ever had. But but removing smoking from the pubs and cafe's is juat senceless in my book.
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Kyley wrote:
It's a shame that our rights and freedoms are slowly being taken away. No talking on the cell phone, what snacks your allowed to pack in your child's lunch, what modifications you can make on your own car, etc. This state along with this country is being ran by the government. They listen to your conversations on any phone, they tell our children what clothes they can and can't wear in the schools, and they make rules without the public being able to vote for it or against it. This new smoking ban is going to ruin a lot of businesses. It has hurt New York and now New Jersey will follow. Our troops are fighting for freedom in Afghanistan when we are losing our freedom here. They should make smoking booths that are enclosed so that non-smoking folks won't be affected but instead they just decide to make everyone stop smoking all together. People have been smoking probably before the 1900's and now we have to do what the Government wants us to do which is stop. They raise the prices on cigarettes but you can't even smoke them anywhere. They don't offer smoking cessation to folks for free that's another thing you have to pay put of your own pocket to conform to the Government's wishes. The Government should mind there own business and get us out debt from this war and over paid politicions who have nothing better to do than impose stupid rules just to make more money off of people. I want a list of all the names of the people who voted on the smoking ban. They should never run again anywhere and people should not vote for them again. Atlantic City has big bucks so of course they wouldn't dare try to stop smoking there. I hope someone gets this overturned and I also hope the Government minds their business and makes laws that protect people instead of hurting them. What's next there going to ban drinking because it impairs your driving and damages your liver, which is way more serious than smoking. The law is not fair and they know it but it's just another way they are going to try to control us. The jails aren't full enough, not until they have the entire US jailed for petty rules they impose. Enough is enough. Time to over run the Government before they get out of control. We need real people in the office, not a bunch of hypocrites.
I AGREE!!!
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Feb 20, 2006
 
Smoking is poisonous to not only thre smoker, but to anyone that the smoke contacts. It costs us all $$$ in higher insurance costs, not to mention fires, and dry cleaning bills for our clothing that reeks after we were in a smoke-filled room.

Smoking infringes on my personal rights, and this law has been needed by New Jersey for many years. Most of the population is disgusted by cigarette and cigar smoke.

I will celebrate the first day of the new law by going to dinner in my favorite smoke free New Jersey restaurant!!

Let's celebrate the day
Bill Hannegan

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Feb 20, 2006
 
An answer to Newt's request for a study showing business harm from smoking bans:
http://www.illinoissmokersrights.com/kuneman_...

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Feb 21, 2006
 
Yeah, because a study sponsored by "The Smoker's Club" must be legitimate.
Bill Hannegan wrote:
An answer to Newt's request for a study showing business harm from smoking bans:
http://www.illinoissmokersrights.com/kuneman_...
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Bill Hannegan wrote:
An answer to Newt's request for a study showing business harm from smoking bans:
http://www.illinoissmokersrights.com/kuneman_...
Odd there'd be such a staunch supporter of tobacco just a few miles away from the Phillip Morris headquarters in Richmond Virginia. Odder still is all this information he has contradicting studies about the effects of second hand smoke. Who's your daddy, Billy boy?
Bill Hannegan

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Feb 21, 2006
 
Polly, I donít know how they placed me in Virginia, but I didnít type that. I am from St. Louis and started the group KEEP ST. LOUIS FREE! that beat the smoking ban here last summer. Do people think I work for Big Tobacco? No, I am just a guy who likes to be free to have a smoke in the bar with his friends. Usually I am a live and let live guy, but these antismokers with their universal restrictions really pissed me off. When I started to do research to fight the St. Louis ban, I happened across Audrey Silkís website www.nycclash.com and was shocked how flimsy the case for smoking bans really is. I just want people to be warned about this before any more bans go into place.
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Feb 21, 2006
 
Eating unhealthy food is poisonous to not only the eater but to anyone who has to deal with the obese morons who do it. I can't wait until they ban obesity and fast food and unhealthy food; in fact, they should ban food all together!!! And while they're at is, they should ban campfires too, because that smoke can't be healthy either. And they should ban alcohol, and soda, and...let's see, what else can the government try to take away that they HAVE NO RIGHT TO TAKE AWAY! If they smoke at your favorite restaurant and you don't like it, FIND ANOTHER FAVORITE RESTAURANT!!!!!
Lew G wrote:
Smoking is poisonous to not only thre smoker, but to anyone that the smoke contacts. It costs us all $$$ in higher insurance costs, not to mention fires, and dry cleaning bills for our clothing that reeks after we were in a smoke-filled room.

Smoking infringes on my personal rights, and this law has been needed by New Jersey for many years. Most of the population is disgusted by cigarette and cigar smoke.

I will celebrate the first day of the new law by going to dinner in my favorite smoke free New Jersey restaurant!!

Let's celebrate the day
Polly

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Matt Cole-not from SF wrote:
Eating unhealthy food is poisonous to not only the eater but to anyone who has to deal with the obese morons who do it. I can't wait until they ban obesity and fast food and unhealthy food; in fact, they should ban food all together!!! And while they're at is, they should ban campfires too, because that smoke can't be healthy either. And they should ban alcohol, and soda, and...let's see, what else can the government try to take away that they HAVE NO RIGHT TO TAKE AWAY! If they smoke at your favorite restaurant and you don't like it, FIND ANOTHER FAVORITE RESTAURANT!!!!!

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I'm starting a campaign to ban polyester. I'm also going to campaign against women who weigh over 130 lbs wearing horizontal stripes, then sweat socks with shorts and hairplugs for men.
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Feb 22, 2006
 
smoking sucks, just stop it
chris: ex-smoker
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Feb 22, 2006
 
I don't remember getting the chance
to vote or not vote for Codey.
Why was he allowed to sign this bill?
PPP

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Feb 22, 2006
 
I don't remember getting the chance to vote or not
vote for Codey. Why was he allowed to sign this bill?
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Polly wrote:
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I'm starting a campaign to ban polyester. I'm also going to campaign against women who weigh over 130 lbs wearing horizontal stripes, then sweat socks with shorts and hairplugs for men.
All of this is coming sooner than you think. Once the sheeple of this country have been lied to about how obesity is a public health issue, you can be absolutely positive the government will place bans on the food you eat.
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Feb 23, 2006
 
If people are submissive enough to obey smoking bans even in bars, they are ready for any sort of coercion the elites can dream up.

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