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Walter Martin writes: I read somewhere on
one of your pages that there is a OSHA complaint form I can file, anonymously, about
the smoke in my work environment. Can you tell me where I can get hold of this?
Dr. Jonathan Cunitz writes: Elliot - I am
trying to get in contact with the company that publishes The Maxwell Consumer Report,
which publishes annual info on tobacco market share. Do you have a reference for
Leslie Anderson writes: I work at Target
in Lexington, Kentucky, where we proclaimed ourselves a smoke-free workplace about 2
years ago. The extent of our enforcement of our conviction regrettably only carries as far
as a lite sneeze, as we have signs posted on the doors entering the store, and on a select
few posts throughout the store. I have on countless occasions, approached our
guests(customers) who were smoking, notifying them that our store is a "smoke-free
zone", and would they please extinguish their smoking material. Many become angry, as
if offended(???), and just last week, a couple abandoned a cart-full of merchandise and
chose leaving the store with a lit cigarette over shopping without one. Yesterday, while I
was having a most productive day amidst the Christmas shopping season, I was
overwhelmed by the familiar blanket of smoke. I arose, and tried to pursue it, but to no
avail. Naturally, my eyes were watery, and my heart pounding, so I took it upon myself to
locate the store leader, and notify him/her of the issue. I had hoped that they might
instruct the operator to make an announcement over the loud speaker, reminding guests
that we were a smoke-free zone. I shouldn't have been surprised, as both of
them(leaders) were smokers, but they basically "blew me off". I told them that other
Target stores made such announcements, but they denied such a claim, even though I
have been working when such an announcement was made in our store last year. I've
decided to tackle this issue from another angle as I see I'm getting nowhere with these
people who are supposed to be interested in our overall well-being. I am planning on
attending the monthly safety meeting the third Monday of this month, and every meeting
following as I wish to make them see this as a safety issue, not just a personal one. My
roommate works with me at Target, and has often complained of his asthma being
aggravated by inconsiderate smokers. My plea to you is to send any information that
might make a dent in this issue. You may/may not have seen television footage of the
banners being flown over Fayette Mall across the street from our Lexington Target,
discouraging smokers from shopping there when the mall first banned smoking, but I can
assure you that this will not be an easy battle. All that I want is for them to concede and
to allow an announcement to be made. A small concession as I see it.
Michael McAllister writes: I was curious
as to whether you would know what the procedure of eliminating smoking from a public
break room is? I just moved to Arizona and I work at a Safeway where smoking is
allowed in the poorly venitlated break room. As a result I often get headaches and sore
throats from the second hand smoke. i was told that a complaint to the correct office
can result in the loss of smoking privelages, but I have no idea who to contact and if
you can give me any advice, I would certainly appreciate it.
Mikael Wolfe writes: Dear Mr. Essman, I
am working in Japan and am trying to find statistics on smoking here. All I know is it's
terrible. There are virtually no restrictions in the workplace, and I've been breathing tons
of second-hand smoke. I"ve been trying to do searches on the web for statistics on
cigarette use and consumption in Japan, but cannot find anything. Could you suggest
anything for me? Mikael Wolfe, Coordinator for International Relations, Himi
International Association, Himi, Toyama 935, Japan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Singer writes: I would greatly
appreciate knowing how to receive the January, 1996 Florida court decision Broin vs.
Philip Morris concerning the lawsuit by 60,000 flight attendants claiming damages by
second hand smoke.
Philippe Guinet writes: I live in France and I
write scripts for cartoons . I am looking for "companies" or associations who would like
to produce short films against tobacco.
John Flynn writes: One thing I would love
to find is a comprehensive list of tobacco industry campaign contributions and lobbying
expenditures. If you could help me in any way I would appreciate it.
A Friend in Tennessee writes: The US
Supreme Court refused to hear a case involving smokers who were barred
from applying for jobs with the City of Miami. On Jan. 8, l996, the denial
of the petition for review upheld an April 20, l995, holding of Florida's
highest court in favor of Adm. Reg. 1-46--that all job applicants must sign
an affidavit stating that they have not used tobacco products for one year
before seeking a job with the city. The case is the first to address
off-the-job smoking as part of a screening process for picking new employees.
The City of Miami argued that smokers pose higher health costs! [taken from
an article in the Government Employee Relations Report 1-15-96] If our young
people are interested in their future careers, they should not smoke!!!!!!!!!! Thank God
our two teenage sons hate smoking. We watch with deep sadness every day as David, my
husband/their father, smokes his life away. He has smoke for 36 years, since the age of
12. He tries to stop, but has never made it past three hours! He is extremely thin and
we know, if he gets sick, it won't take any time at all. The only silver lining in this
cloud is David's addiction made our sons HATE cigarettes at a very early age.
Someday all the tobacco executives and supporters should have to face their
victims and explain why they supported such a horrible drug. Maybe, someday
they will. Thank you for all your good work.
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