Good reporters take an in depth view of topics they are reporting on. A little research or asking the health department official could have provided readers more information on the smoking laws, which so far, the Register failed to report.
As of Aug. 4, 2008, 2,388 businesses received notices of smoking violations, 682 were cited. Yet, not one individual has been cited. It’s not unlawful for a person to smoke, it’s against the law for a business to let you smoke. Business owners have not been provided with training in law enforcement nor have been given a badge or authority to arrest anyone. I can only imagine going in front of a judge accused of trying to enforce the law. In line with some people’s thinking, after the Rite Aid robbery, the clerk should be arrested for giving a person a controlled substance without a prescription. At least cigarettes are legal.
Paul F. Hauke Jr.