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Smokeless property unrealistic, incorrect

In regards to your opinion ("Health-care properties should be smoke free") in your Dec. 22 edition, I find this to be unrealistic and incorrect for the following reasons:

1. Lost productivity for smoking breaks and company costs of smoking related issues: I have been supervising 25-plus employees for 30-plus years. I know which of my employees are smokers and which are not. I find that the majority of the time lost from work is not due to smoking-related issues: it is for ill children or illness passed from the child to the parent. Everyone is entitled to a break but there is often times productivity lost due to the employee talking with their children on the phone. We do not want to stop hiring people because they have children in the home do we?

2. Healthcare workers should be role models: This indicates that people in all areas of the industry should be the epitome of health regardless if the employee is in administration, housekeeping and so on. Would you propose the next requirement in the healthcare industry be that all employees be thin? Following this reasoning, all employees in banks should be rich and all teachers should have children and all newspaper employees should be logical.

Perhaps the most unrealistic part of the reasoning is the cost to implement and maintain such an idea. People complain about the cost of healthcare. Every time there is another regulation put upon tiny industry, the cost has to go up. Who would you expect to pay for the signs at all entrances to the campus? Who would pay for smoking police to maintain a non-smoking; campus'?

I find it unrealistic that we all enjoy the taxes gleaned by the sale of legal cigarettes but we don't want the cigarettes to be lit.

Jimmi Evans

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