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Pulaski County smoke breaks to be restricted to cars

By Emma Pettit

This article was published December 10, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

A Pulaski County executive order that will restrict employees who smoke to do so inside their cars will protect public health, the county judge says, though one elected official questioned its potential effectiveness.

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Jfish says... December 10, 2017 at 5:56 a.m.

It's not the smoke that bothers me as I walk by smokers outside, it's the butts that they leave everywhere. Why do most smokers not consider this littering?

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TuckerMax says... December 10, 2017 at 6:46 a.m.

This is a Republican state. Therefore, we don't believe in science. It's our God given right to ignore logic, history, and common sense in pursuit of self-destruction.

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Delta123 says... December 10, 2017 at 7:07 a.m.

Tuck, so what’s your excuse?

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TimberTopper says... December 10, 2017 at 7:16 a.m.

Delta123, I think Tucker stated it!

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NoUserName says... December 10, 2017 at 8:47 a.m.

"Those who don't smoke save money and make fewer health insurance claims, she said."
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Since obesity is the #1 driver of healthcare, perhaps cutting the hour lunch break employees get would save even MORE money and have even FEWER health insurance claims. In addition, assuming employees traverse public areas to get to their cars, I'm not sure how the county can force them, on their break, to actually smoke IN their cars.

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Jfish says... December 10, 2017 at 10:01 a.m.

I will add that if a smoking area is provided with a disposal container, this does cut down on the littering. When smokers have to leave the premises, they usually flick their butts onto the sidewalks or streets. I would guess that several hundred per week are flicked onto the I-630 shoulder from the overpass at Children's Hospital.

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Slak says... December 10, 2017 at 1:10 p.m.

Pobucker prophesized this a decade ago.
Once the hated smokers have been pursued and destroyed, the fatties' turn will ensue.
It is not fair the healthy must subsidize the smoker or the fatty, Pobucker reasoned.
After the fat, we will pursue the weak and all others who unfairly burden society, he says.
mrcharles is silent on the subject.

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sjmays says... December 10, 2017 at 2:12 p.m.

And hopefully the guns.

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sjmays says... December 10, 2017 at 2:31 p.m.

Smokers are only targeted because non-smokers do not like getting second-hand smoke.

Insurance companies are dealing with smoking and obesity by requiring them to seek treatment or pay higher premiums.

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NoUserName says... December 10, 2017 at 2:46 p.m.

The funny thing is that research suggests getting old costs MORE than smoking or obesity because the smokers and the fatties die younger and the diseases of the old are expensive. So by getting healthy, insurance costs might actually go UP. Not to mention the $ states rake in from smokers. Are any of YOU willing to make up that cost when all the smokers quit?

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