What a Wonderful County…..NOT!!!!!
By Andrew Richter
Freedom-haters at Hennepin County are at it again with their nanny-state policies;
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners voted to effectively ban the use of electronic cigarettes in any indoor space covered by the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act.
In a 6-1 vote, the board enacted a ban Feb. 10 that will be more restrictive than state law regarding “vaping” inside certain establishments. As such, use of e-cigarettes will be forbidden in places where conventional cigarettes are banned as well, such as restaurants, bars or places of work. The state Legislature had banned the use of these devices in public schools, government facilities and daycare centers, but the county’s action – which goes into effect Tuesday, March 10 – will prove far more limiting in its scope.
E-cigarettes are electronic devices that vaporize liquid combinations of nicotine, glycerin, flavoring and other ingredients via a heating element. The inhaled agent is not smoke but rather an aerosol, and tobacco is generally not present in the device. Many smokers use the device in lieu of actual cigarettes due to the belief that it aids in cessation of smoking, or that they’re much safer than regular tobacco products. Studies on these claims by public health officials have proven to be mostly inconclusive, as there is still not enough data to determine the claims’ veracity one way or another.
Since when do you people at Hennepin County care about facts or data? This isn’t about clean air, it’s about controlling us!
The vote on the ordinance, championed by Commissioner Marion Greene, was hailed as another victory by local anti-smoking advocates to reduce nicotine use in the metro area.
Oh Marion Greene you’re so great, how can I possibly live without your brilliance?
“The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners showed strong leadership in protecting the health and safety of its residents,” according to an Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota statement. “This ordinance change helps protect the general public from exposure to electronic cigarette emissions, which are known to contain ingredients that are harmful to human health.”
Oh I feel so good knowing I can go places and vaporized liquid won’t be in the air! I feel healthier already!
“This is a huge win for public health and the people of Minnesota,” said Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota Research Director Betsy Brock. “Hennepin County is our state’s most populated county and an economic engine for the region. This policy will protect many residents and workers. Our hope is other counties and cities – and eventually the state – will follow Hennepin’s lead.”
And I’m hoping you move to your own island!
A public hearing on changing Hennepin County Ordinance Number 24 was held before the Health and Human Services Committee on Jan. 13. Of the commissioners voting on the Feb. 10 resolution, only District 7 Commissioner Jeff Johnson voted against it, on the grounds of both a perceived lack of medical evidence of e-cigarettes’ danger and the effect it has on those who own private businesses.
“This is a big step, painted as a small, ‘common sense’ step,” said Johnson in a post-vote interview. “There is no scientific evidence for taking this step.”
Jeff Johnson as usual the only one on this Board who ever makes a drop of sense. He’s of course outnumbered by Mike Opat’s robots. Thanks Hennepin County for trying to control us and restrict our freedoms again. This county doesn’t want us to drive, smoke, or live in a single family home (among other things). How much control over us is enough???? Let’s stand up to these bastards!!!
Entry filed under: Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, County, Crystal, Golden Valley, Hennepin, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth, Robbinsdale, Taxation. Tags: Hennepin County, Jeff Johnson, Linda Higgins, Marion Greene, Mike Opat.