To The Daily Sun,
Recently, I noticed state Rep. Robert Hull of Grafton (whose district encompasses several Newfound area towns) submitted for review, House Bill 279 to allow private businesses to permit customers to smoke in their facilities.
This is unacceptable. This is coming from a Republican who is for conserving human health and life. This is not a question of a business's right on their property, it is a question of creating an environment that compromises the health, safety, and welfare of the general public. It is one thing if a person smokes in their home. But in the private (which is actually open to the public) as well as public sector, smoking simply cannot be permitted. For one thing, this also violates the U.S. Constitution, where the right to the pursuit of life, happiness, welfare, and property come into play. I have a right to good health and to visit a smoke free-environment where ever I go. Period.
It is a known fact, that smoking creates a high risk for cancers, both directly, and indirectly via second-hand smoke. I have cancer, having been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable form of blood plasma cell cancer that knows no cure currently.
In the entire Northeast as well as New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and nationwide, smoking is prohibited in the public environment. This would put New Hampshire in the unenviable position of being the only state in the entire Northeast to attempt to reverse this trend.
It is also an economic risk. To bring this back will impede and negatively impact the New Hampshire economy as well. The population is in sufficient proportion that they will avoid such facilities to the extent it could cause a financial havoc throughout this state. Smoking nationwide is trending down, not up.
There is nothing positive about Rep. Hull's Bill 279. Rep. Hull, I adamantly demand you to pull this bill immediately. I am certain this will also be opposed by many medical facilities and hospitals, along with the general public as well. The one voter who wants this bill is in a significant minority. This voter, myself, is among the substantially larger majority to disapprove of such a bill.
Robert T. Joseph, Jr.
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