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20 October 2006



n Wednesday, Houston finally passed it's version of a smoking ordinance. It is now the 100th gazillion city in America that has imposed sanctions and laws against smokers.

The ordinance, approved by the City Council on Wednesday, bans smoking in most workplaces, including bars, starting next September. It includes an array of exemptions: outdoor patios, cigar shops, tobacco bars, hotel and motel rooms, and private rooms in nursing homes. It also allows smoking in designated rooms in convention centers and other meeting facilities.


Bingo halls, gaming facilities, billiard halls and sports arenas are among the list of public places where smoking is banned.

Hotels and motels, too, have their own restrictions; no more than 35 percent of rooms in a hotel can be designated for smoking.

The rule would have permitted the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, for example, to continue its annual One Great Night in November fundraiser at the museum. It's billed as an old-fashioned smoker, a black-tie event at which men smoke cigars and vote on art to be purchased with the proceeds from the $1,000-a-plate dinner.

I am soooooooooo glad there is no restriction in the new bill on smoking in church on Sundays. There's nothing like kicking back in a pew, putting your feet up, lighting up a nice, 100mm ciggie and listen to the gospel or a sermon.

Observations and Questions
Suppose they found out that wearing lipstick could cause illness or kissing someone that is wearing lipstick could be hazardous to your health? huh???? I suppose it's too much to ask our city politicians to allow the business's to decide huh? If they are losing business because of smoking, then guess what?? Geez, little by little I am beginning to wonder about the Declaration of Independence.

OKAY, OKAY Maybe I am misleading some people here. What I am trying to say is: let the business owners run their own business! This is supposedly America... if a business allows smoking then don't go in there...

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1931 Mickey Mantle NY Yankee, home run slugger (1956 Triple Crown). And in the death notices today we find in 1906 William "Buck" Ewing hall of fame catcher (NY Giants), dies at 67.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Guatemala: Revolution Day/Dia de la Revolucion (1944)
Kenya: Jomo Kenyatta Day
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