The Justice Department (DOJ) is banning smoking and all tobacco products in federal prisons, according to a final regulation to be published Monday.
All federal prison inmates will be prohibited from smoking, unless they receive a religious exemption. Staff will also still be able to smoke in designated areas. The government said they are moving forward with the regulation, which goes into effect in 30 days, out of concerns of the health of their inmates.
The rule will affect the estimated 80 percent of prison inmates that smoke.
There are religious exemptions? What religion?
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s ban on smoking in public places is now seven years old and City Council finds itself in a quandary over whether to grant exemptions to four bars that want patrons to be able to light up.
City Council’s Public Health committee this past week debated whether to grant smoking ban waivers to one private club, two gentlemen’s clubs and one neighborhood taproom.
More on Eric Garner, but this time from the BBC:
For some, however, another party bears some responsibility in Garner’s death – an out-of-control nanny-state government attempting to enforce a prohibition on the sale of untaxed cigarettes.
“For someone to die over breaking that law, there really is no excuse for it,” Kentucky Senator Paul said on MSNBC Wednesday night. “But I do blame the politicians. We put our police in a difficult situation with bad laws.”
Reason magazine’s A Barton Hinkle explains how New York’s high state and city cigarette taxes – totalling $5.95 a pack – have created a thriving black market on the city’s streets.
“A pack of smokes in New York City costs $14 or more,” he writes. “That creates a powerful incentive to smuggle smokes in from states such as Virginia, where you can buy a pack for a third of that price. Fill a Ford Econoline van with a few hundred cartons, and you can make a nice five-figure profit in a weekend. Some people do.”…
“We have a poor guy who died because of a tax collection issue,” conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show.
Governments condemn cigarette use on one hand while relying on cigarette taxes to fund their operations, Mr Limbaugh and others contend.
“Garner died because he dared interfere with government reach and government muscle that didn’t want to lose tax revenue to independent operators,” Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass writes.
Government employees who fancy a cigarette or two while on duty will have to stay longer hours in the office, a local senior official in southern Russia announced. Working smokers will also be signed up for mandatory out of office activities more often.
Restrictions on tobacco smokers, working in regional administration in the Kuban area in southern Russia, have been introduced by the region’s head Viktor Kadykalo, who announced the new rules on his Twitter.
“The labor order establishes four 5-minute breaks, so total working hours will be prolonged for these 20 minutes,” the official said.
(CNSNews.com) – Gary Harrington, the Oregon man convicted of collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his rural property surrendered Wednesday morning to begin serving his 30-day, jail sentence in Medford, Ore.
I think it’s that last story that makes me angriest.
But all these stories make me angry to some degree or other. And more determined to resist.
Just carrying on smoking is an act of resistance.