a reply to: sierra25ni
Just to give you an example of how unreasonable this all is:
In Ontario Canada, pretty much every nursing home had managed to get smokers to agree to confine there smoking to a smoking room. This room was
marked and well-known and it had separate ventilation. Now for some unknown reason, you couldn't visit Grandma and go into the smoking room and have
a smoke and a cup of tea with her but at least the nursing home residents themselves had a comfortable place to smoke that was separately
In 2006, the law was changed. Those separate smoking rooms now had to have separated ventilated double doors. For example- you enter one set of
doors and walk a certain length and enter the room through another set of doors. All of the window coverings and furniture had to be made of plastic
and NURSING HOME STAFF WERE FORBIDDEN to assist anyone to the smoking room. (How inhumane can it get!)
Well of course, this change required money that most nursing homes didn't have. So the existing smoking rooms had to be demolished
Now the senior citizens are forced to go outside for a smoke. Most nursing homes have some kind of gazebo type deal with a roof and maybe half walls.
Smokers are not allowed to seek shelter in these gazebos.
So if its raining or if its really hot - no shelter for you, you disgusting 75 year old smoker!
Now remember - this is canada! We get at least 3 or 4 weeks of minus 50 degree weather and lots of snow. These seniors must be able to walk or
manhandle their wheelchairs out the door and at least 75 feet away from the entrance, through the snow. And no one is allowed to help them!
We have had couple of cases where people got locked out accidently and ended up freezing to death.
If the seniors fail to comply - they are evicted!
Then we have mental patients. They are strip seared everytime they return to the ward to ensure that they are not carrying cigarettes or lighters!
Many people are avoiding treatment because they know that they will condemned to forced smoking cessation treatment and that they must accept the
indignity and control, if they want treatment.
Further, the provincial government is proposing a new law to ban smoking from all outdoor patios in hospitality industry and from all municipal and
provincial parks in the province. So all those bars and restaurants that spent $100,00 to build patios to accomodate smokers in some fashion are now
out of luck.
To go out for a beer on a patio, I must now put my beer down, walk outside the patio fence, lean on the fence to have a smoke and then return to the
patio to drink my beer.
Tired of Control Freaks
Tired of Control