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Mercer: Need To Expand Smoking Ban

March 26, 2014

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eyeopener146

Mar-27-14 12:44 PM

Dr. Mercer keep going !!!!!!!!!! People do want to live let the others go into a cave and die !!!!!

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swingdog

Mar-27-14 12:32 PM

" at 60 am in very good health.. no meds and can walk and run for miles, better than many younger people," Log.

Log, you are on the right path. Keep following it! I lost two brothers and my father to smoking related diseases, including cancer. My mom also died of cancer, probably from living in the same house as my father. I quit when I was in my early 20s, but I had the early stages of some related ailments. Fortunately, I seem to have survived them - so far.

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TrollSlayer

Mar-27-14 10:09 AM

Triton "Al Gore's first fortune came from tobacco and while collecting the money, he would speak out against smoking"

Al Gore's second fortune came from selling books and movies on global warming, and while collecting the money he lived in a carbon-spewing mansion.

Al Gore's third fortune came from selling carbon credits, and while collecting the money he flew all over the world on his private carbon-spewing jet.

Al Gore's fourth fortune came from his liberal propaganda spewing Current TV network, and after collecting that money he sold his network to terrorism propaganda spewing al Jazeera to make his fifth fortune.

And he's a Democrit Party icon. Figures...

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TrollSlayer

Mar-27-14 10:03 AM

rightiswrong, calrants is the spelling cop here. Appearances don't matter to me. Makes you wonder how I became a French model.

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Triton

Mar-27-14 9:22 AM

The people who argue for smoking addictions are like the Shakers religious group that did not allow marriage or having children, and they are all gone now. Wonder why? Smoking is simply lethal and there is no getting around that, arguing that you should be allowed to smoke anywhere and endanger others is a goofy argument and sounds like pill heads making excuses for their conduct and addictions. Al Gore's first fortune came from tobacco and while collecting the money, he would speak out against smoking..thats pretty callous conduct but its similar to bar and casino owners wanting people addicted to nicotine to be allowed to smoke while they feed their booze and gamlbing addictions. They want addictive personalities, they want to exploit them. Dr. Mercer shows a lot of courage in pursuing his medical oath to heal the sick...working to reduce smoking is exactly what he should be doing.

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rightiswrong

Mar-27-14 8:55 AM

Troll,did i get the facts straight.Spelling was never one of my strong points.Makes you wonder how I have a six figure income.

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LogHog

Mar-27-14 6:55 AM

most who smoke already have heard that smoking is bad for ones health...most also do not let the information sink into their brain or do just not care.. it's the same with most addictions.. I have a friend I've known for over 40yrs. He used to run everyday. As soon as done would lite up. He would say the running balances out the smoking. Well it didn't. Heart attack 10yrs. ago. Stopped smoking.. but after 2yrs. started again. said he just had to have it. Has 2 stints now and is in very bad condition at the ripe old age of 63, looks like 90....he lives on coffee and cigs. and blood thinners. wt. 130, looks like he doesn't have long until the next world...as for me.. at 60 am in very good health.. no meds and can walk and run for miles, better than many younger people..

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bloomin

Mar-27-14 3:39 AM

Smokers are committing a slow suicide and they know it. They are in the back rooms of restaurants or coffee shops. Shut it all down. No smoking in gambling areas. It wont happen-the state is profitting. If the stop smoking, they may as well take the machines out-there goes state profits. I say-go for it. Gambling is worst thing that happened in WV, letting gamblers commit financial and physical suicide can both be gone-just do it. State is robbing smokers double time!

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swingdog

Mar-26-14 10:51 PM

Lori, Bill Mercer is by no stretch a "Nazi" in any form. He is a humble person and extremely intelligent physician who takes his job very seriously. He is willing to take what he knows will be an unpopular stand and subject himself to critical attacks, because he believes it is his job and his responsibility. In that, he is not a politician or typical bureaucrat.

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swingdog

Mar-26-14 10:47 PM

Loghog, you make a legitimate point, although I still support efforts to control exposure to a clearly carcinogen brew that creates so much expensive misery in the world. Bars and restaurants are places of public gathering. Sadly, most people are unaware of just how toxic cigarette smoke is or how quickly it can injure the health of even non-smokers. So-called "non-smoking" sections are virtually worthless insofar as health is concerned.

How about a middle ground? The bar is permitted to allow smoking, but they must post a large and very clear sign that breathing tobacco smoke has been proven to cause cancer, lung disease, heart disease, etc. - even in small amounts.

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LoriAA

Mar-26-14 9:34 PM

Smoke nazi is at it again.

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LogHog

Mar-26-14 9:07 PM

Swingdog. You sir are correct on the dangers of smoking. Same goes for smoking weed. People who do not smoke should be able to breath air that is not smoke filled. If a bar owner wants to allow smoking they should be allowed. If someone entering doesn't want any second hand smoke, then go somewhere else.

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swingdog

Mar-26-14 8:42 PM

"so they don't want you to be smoking in a bar where you can drink yourself blind and drive home," mikeyd.

One doesn't justify the other.

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mikeyd

Mar-26-14 8:14 PM

so they don't want you to be smoking in a bar where you can drink yourself blind and drive home.

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swingdog

Mar-26-14 8:13 PM

(cont.) is almost instantaneous. There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke.

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swingdog

Mar-26-14 8:11 PM

""Those first few puffs on a cigarette can within minutes cause genetic damage linked to cancer. . . . In fact, researchers said the 'effect is so fast that it's equivalent to injecting the substance directly into the bloodstream,'" says "Smoking causes gene damage in minutes" (15 January 2011).

"Contrary to [myth] that it takes years of smoking before the toxins in tobacco cause damage to the DNA in the cells -- possibly leading to lung cancer -- researchers at the University of Minnesota have found that such genetic damage occurs within minutes," says "Study: Damage from smoking appears within minutes"—Judy Siegel-Itzkovich (16 January 2011). "Researchers at University of Minnesota call their findings a 'stark warning' to those tempted to start smoking, already lighting up."

Cigarette smoke contains dozens of toxic chemicals, many of which are carcinogenic. The list reads like a witches brew recipe. The damage from smoking -

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TrollSlayer

Mar-26-14 7:55 PM

rightiswrong, “herion”? “butt”? “them self”? calrants hopes you're a 4th grade student. LOL

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comeandtakeit

Mar-26-14 7:31 PM

"we still have people not protected from secondhand smoke" This comment sums it up. Who appointed this j ackas s protector of the people? Smoking is a nasty habit and appalling to me too but enough big brother nanny state. Next he'll want to protect you from sugar or salt content. Is anyone on this post remember real freedom?

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rightiswrong

Mar-26-14 6:43 PM

I use to be drug addict.I know what they go through for that next drag of that herion called nicotine.I wish there was this magic pill to allow those of you to stop butt there is not.You need family support and a good drug such as chantix to stop.Anyone who says they enjoy smoking are just fooling them self.We all know better.No one should be around the smoke . Especially kids,Got it parents!!!

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caltransplant

Mar-26-14 6:27 PM

Budman, "while their at it"? I hope you're a 4th grade student.

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swingdog

Mar-26-14 5:39 PM

Good work, Bill. If only other officials were as diligent and honest as you are in carrying out your responsibilities.

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Thebudman

Mar-26-14 3:06 PM

While their at it, they should ban diesel fumes from buses and trucks.

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richardwhee

Mar-26-14 1:48 PM

And we condemn other dountries! This country is run by petty dictators.

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youpeopleareidiots

Mar-26-14 11:44 AM

@wvcoffee It is against the law. It's just not a primary offense. You have to be pulled over for another infraction.

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acousticportal

Mar-26-14 10:36 AM

If you have the right to smoke in my presence, then I the right to throw my poop in your face.

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