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April 19, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

No one is forced to work around cigarette smoke

Regarding Jack Oliver’s Wednesday letter to the editor, headlined “Working in smoky environment not always a choice”:

He’s wrong. People always have a choice. If for any reason someone is not satisfied where he works or what he does for work, he decides whether it is worth staying, leaving or going into another profession. It’s a pretty simple concept — from a nonsmoker.

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  1. Cripps -- good point, but this topic has been done to death here so much lately. But the chance to mess with the herd is too good to pass up, so since dipstick started the flaming early, let the messing begin!

    "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." -- John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

  2. Let OSHA and state health officials decide if a work environment is safe for the employees. Quitting a job in this job market is economic suicide.

  3. Now remind me again...how many jobs are available versus how many people are looking? How are employers treating people with gaps in their employment history? What happens to the available jobs for a person unwilling to subject themselves to any environment where smoking exists?

  4. Yes the job market sucks, but what is the ratio of jobs in non-smoking areas compared to smoking vs. the number of smokers in the population?

    I would suspect it is easier for a non-smoker to find a non-smoking workplace than for a smoker to find work in a smoking environment because of laws prohibiting smoking in almost all areas today.

  5. Why boftx you can surely answer your own question about the ratio can't you? What is it?

  6. "Since when does the minority tell the majority
    what to do?" - teamster

    I guess that means that unions should have no power whatsoever since only 11% of American workers are union members. Or maybe you think blacks or gays should not have equal protection, either, since they are minorities?

    The minority has *always* been able to have their voice heard in our society. There is nothing more tyrannical that a pure democracy with a simple majority rule. Athens found that out the hard way.

    I would say may heaven save us from those who know what is best for us except I don't believe in heaven (or hell) so I suppose I have to go with Sam Colt or Smith & Wesson instead.

  7. Well alrighty then...you can't answer your own question and instead resort to irrelevant arguments and vague references to guns being your savior. Threatening fellow citizens is the way I would expect someone like you to go.

  8. Mark, I believe the accepted figure today is that 20% of the population are smokers. I don't know that percentage of jobs available in Nevada that are in smoking environments, but I would wager that it is less than that. It is possible that in Las Vegas it might be that much because of casinos, but I would be surprised.

    So I maintain my thought that it is probably easier for a non-smoker to find work in a smoke-free environment than it is for a smoker to find work in a smoking environment.

  9. Ah, smoking is allowed in most California casinos since they are on Native American land. Granted, the poker rooms are non-smoking in all of the cases I know of, but the slot machine areas are not restricted.

    Gaming rooms such as Commerce are not considered casinos under California law, and yes, they are non-smoking.

  10. The health question a way around the real issue. Lets turn our heads away form other things like Nuke storage next door auto polution and dumping Millions of barrels of oil in the ocean. No problem there for our health??? On top of this more people are killed each year in auto crashes than second hand smoke could evey do. So lets pass laws where smoking in a bar or casino is unhealthy while drinking booze is Where the Hell is George Carlin when we need him he would have a field day with this one.

  11. boftx,
    I, frankly, don't care what you "believe" the accepted figure is but, instead, what you know, which appears to shrink daily. I also don't care what you "wager" the percentage of smoking versus non-smoking job environments are as you are doing nothing but speculating. What are the largest employers in the valley?