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Monday, 11 October 2010

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What happens now? The Reds will get an official letter regarding the complaints from the Cincinnati Health Department. Within 30 days, they can expect to have an inspector come near the premises (ballpark) to see if the same violations are repeated. This will probably happen during one of the Reds' home playoff games, as they might light up again if they can beat the Phillies to move on. Should the inspector see anyone in violation of the Act, the Reds will then receive another letter as a warning. If it happens again, the team will be fined $100 and $500 after that per violation. The team can appeal the alleged violations, meaning this entire charade will probably be more work than it is worth.

Reds fans have responded in favor of the team through comments posted on the Cincinnati Enquirer website. Considering the mayhem that occurs after playoff series victories, there is a small likelihood that the players will defer from puffing on victory cigars. When you also consider the cost of the violations compared to the money the ball club has to throw at them, it becomes even more likely that you will smell some smoke in the Reds' clubhouse should they become victorious.

Burbank, California sees new anti-smoking laws

On September 28 in Burbank California, a new ordinance was voted in favor of by 3-1 that would affect the way smoking is treated with regards to apartments and condominiums within the city. Smokefree Air for Everyone was one group that stood behind the proposal, and it was passed due to the apparent need to protect others from secondhand smoke.

The new law kicks in beginning May 1, 2011. The law's success will be measured during a period of one year, after which it will be evaluated. Unlike many smoking laws which have been passed throughout the United States that affect places such as restaurants and public parks, this particular law deals with private residences. It prohibits smoking on private balconies, private non-enclosed areas, and private patios in attached residential developments that have two or more units. While that describes so-called outdoor recreational areas of people's dwellings, the law also addresses how residents must act when inside their dwellings as well. They can smoke inside their attached or detached private residents only if such residences are not used as child care or health care facilities. If their particular residence shares a common heating or cooling system that uses the same ducting system with another unit, they cannot smoke inside.

While many anti-smoking advocates undoubtedly applaud the new law, at least one member of the city council, David Gordon, opposes it. He believes that having to enforce the new law will place an extra burden on Burbank's police department, when their focus could be better served on more pressing issues.

The effects of the law, once activated next year, should be interesting to see. Burbank is not the first within the state of California to adopt such a law, as approximately a dozen other cities within the state have also created similar laws regarding private residences. Should the new law's implementation be seen as a success, more cities will likely follow in Burbank's footsteps, which is bad news for smokers.






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