Comment By Bob L.
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I don’t smoke, but I don’t think that there should be a double standard when it comes to the law, you ether allow smoking in ALL buildings or you ban smoking in ALL buildings, people have rights, not just some, but not according to this smoking ban, it Discriminate which I believe is illegal or is that the same as the smoking law, or is that a double standard too.
Red shows a Double Standard when you read the whole law, there is a lot more to this law but as you can see, there is a double standard all the way through it.
Washing State Smoking Law Is A Sham, you might say what do you mean it is a sham, Washington State and Hypocrites passed a law that you can not smoke within: a presumptively reasonable minimum distance, as set forth in RCW 70.160.075, of twenty-five feet from entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes that serve an enclosed area where smoking is prohibited: now if you read the rest of the law you will see that there is a double standard, it depends on who you are, this law goes on and on and it will double talk it’s self all the way through, they just wanted it to sound or look good to the people, but are they really enforcing it like it says (NO):
As used in this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
(1) “Smoke” or “smoking” means the carrying or smoking of any kind of lighted pipe, cigar, cigarette, or any other lighted smoking equipment.
(2) “Public place” means that portion of any building or vehicle used by and open to the public, regardless of whether the building or vehicle is owned in whole or in part by private persons or entities, the state of Washington, or other public entity, and regardless of whether a fee is charged for admission, and includes a presumptively reasonable minimum distance, as set forth in RCW 70.160.075, of twenty-five feet from entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes that serve an enclosed area where smoking is prohibited. A public place does not include a private residence unless the private residence is used to provide licensed child care, foster care, adult care, or other similar social service care on the premises.
Public places include, but are not limited to: Schools, elevators, public conveyances or transportation facilities, museums, concert halls, theaters, auditoriums, exhibition halls, indoor sports arenas, hospitals, nursing homes, health care facilities or clinics, enclosed shopping centers, retail stores, retail service establishments, financial institutions, educational facilities, ticket areas, public hearing facilities, state legislative chambers and immediately adjacent hallways, public restrooms, libraries, restaurants, waiting areas, lobbies, bars, taverns, bowling alleys, skating rinks, casinos, reception areas, and no less than seventy-five percent of the sleeping quarters within a hotel or motel that are rented to guests. A public place does not include a private residence. This chapter is not intended to restrict smoking in private facilities which are occasionally open to the public except upon the occasions when the facility is open to the public.
(3) “Place of employment” means any area under the control of a public or private employer which employees are required to pass through during the course of employment, including, but not limited to: Entrances and exits to the places of employment, and including a presumptively reasonable minimum distance, as set forth in RCW 70.160.075, of twenty-five feet from entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes that serve an enclosed area where smoking is prohibited; work areas; restrooms; conference and classrooms; break rooms and cafeterias; and other common areas. A private residence or home-based business, unless used to provide licensed child care, foster care, adult care, or other similar social service care on the premises, is not a place of employment.
Now you can see what they state on smoking ban, then you have apartments that use that double standard to say who can live in that Complex, so now you have people who are allowed to smoke there and break the smoking law, and then tell smokers moving in that they have to follow the Washington State smoking law or they will be evicted, but yet let others smoke in side their apartment, and if you live on the ground floor you can step out side your door or blow the smoke out the window, it is ok, so any one above has to keep their windows closed, so if you live on the ground floor you have the right to have fresh air, but not the people above them, and the same when you go in the hall, you have to breathe their smoke.
I look at it this way the people who don’t smoke are at the mercy of those who do and let that smoke filter out in to the hall so people who have a health problem have to put up with it, so how can you tell a person moving in that this is a non smoking facility when you have people there smoking, they do say that if you do smoke they have a place where they are to smoke if you are new to the facility rain or shine, but others do not have to use that place because they are Grandfathered in by the doubled standard law.
This State and others say the same thing, they are for protecting people with health problems to protecting Children to Seniors from having health problem, but with a law like this and any law that has a double standard is not protecting any one but a hand-picked few.