Saturday, February 23, 2008

Illinois business owner defies smoking ban and reminds us "...this country was founded on civil disobedience..."





From West Frankfort, IL. Jon Hemminghaus, the owner of the Wounded Rig, installed a sign in front of his boat repair business which reads:

"My Place, My Choice, Smoking Allowed"

"I don't smoke cigarettes," he said. "I used to smoke but I quit five years ago. I don't think it's right they are telling me what I can do in my own place. I bought and paid for that place. If somebody wants to come in and smoke a cigarette they are more than welcome to it."

"This country was founded on civil disobedience," Hemminghaus said. "It has gotten to where, now, people are afraid to get into trouble. It kind of makes me mad that everybody has turned into cowards. I don't smoke but if everyone would stand together on this one..."

Mr. Hemminghaus is correct, I have watched 158+ local bars & restaurants go out of business as they complied with the revenue damaging smoking bans, because they were afraid of getting into trouble and losing their establishment. I have asked more than one bankrupt owner, since the bans are eliminating customers and business to the point of forcing you to close your doors for good anyway, what would be the harm in defying the bans to begin with? If everyone would stand up for freedom in an act of civil disobedience these laws would get repealed in no time.

In the words of Mr. Hemminghaus ...It kind of makes me mad that everybody has turned into cowards. Readers may have noticed that we at Clearing the Air refuse to go silentlty into that dark night of defeat, especially in light air quality test results that prove secondhand smoke IS NOT a workplace health hazard.

Air quality testing by Johns Hopkins University, the American Cancer Society, a Minnesota Environmental Health Department, and various researchers whose testing and report was also peer reviewed and published in the esteemed British Medical Journal......prove that secondhand smoke is 2.6 - 25,000 times SAFER than occupational (OSHA) workplace regulations:

http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2007/11/johns-hopkins-air-quality-testing-of.html

http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2007/04/bmj-published-air-quality-test-results.html

http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2004/04/american-cancer-society-test-results.html

http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2006/02/air-quality-testing-and-secondhand.html

Inspired by Hemminghaus's words, smoking is now also allowed at Clearing the Air's corporate offices.......smoke 'em if you got 'em.

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