Two weeks before New Orleans’ smoking ban goes into effect, the city tells people how to snitch on fellow citizens:
If people are found to be smoking, the bartender, manager, or owner is required to tell them to stop and, if they refuse, ask them to leave.
People can file complaints against businesses ignoring the new smoking ban by filling out a complaint form or calling the city’s non-emergency 311 hotline.
After receiving a second complaint, the city’s health department will conduct a site visit and “provide educational materials and encourage compliance.”
The proposed regulations don’t spell out what would happen after additional violations.
The city encourages people filing complaints to include date- and time-stamped photographs documenting illegal smoking.
Dick Puddlecote on Scottish NHS priorities:
EXTRA support staff will be deployed to advise smokers against lighting up in hospital grounds after staff and patients were spotted puffing away just days after new rules were introduced.
These pictures reveal signs are being routinely ignored at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary despite the crackdown by the Scottish government which declared all hospitals smoke-free from April 1.
Chris Snowdon on Linda Bauld’s proposal to extend plain packaging:
Echoing the move to plain packaging of cigarettes is the time approaching for a debate on standardized, non-branded, measure-marked glassware imprinted with large harm-reduction messages?
There’s never any “debate”. The debate is always “over” before it’s started.
Apparently it’s a “covert coat”, invented at the end of the 19th century. Read all about it here.