Letter to the Editor: Get out of the way
BY Margaret Aycock, Tulsa
Sunday, February 17, 2013
2/17/13 at 7:57 AM
When asked about whether Senate Bill 6 has a chance to be heard in his committee, Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, said, "...rather than doing this a little bit at a time.... let's just do this all at once... whether or not we are going to ban tobacco smoking in Oklahoma." He said he preferred to use tobacco settlement money to continue to educate the people on dangers of smoking and second-hand smoke.
We all see how well that has worked. We have been fighting tradition with education and those of us on the sidelines, sitting in second-hand smoke, are still waiting for that education to kick in.
It seems as though legislators have been dancing around this issue for years. So while we are waiting for them to "do it all at once," why not let the bill be heard and get out of the way of small governments (cities and towns) that want to actually do something to protect the health of their citizens and keep their public places free of cigarette butt litter?
Editor's note: Aycock is a member of Musicians and Music Lovers for Smoke Free Listening,
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