An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

April 1, 2007

More Nanny Nonsense

Tenn. First Lady leading smoking ban statewide tour

Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte and other advocates of a bill that would ban smoking in the workplace plan to push for the legislation’s passage in a statewide tour.

My first question: What elected office was the Tennessee’s governor’s wife.

I notice she doesn’t use his name. Yep, I’m old fashioned.

Exceptions include private residences, except when used as a child- or adult-care center; up to 20 percent of the rooms in a hotel or motel; private or semiprivate rooms in nursing homes and long-term care facilities; and private clubs with no employees except when open to the public and outdoor areas of places of employment.

Oh, so nice of them to allow us to smoke in our own homes. Very generous indeed.

The bill has not moved since it was assigned to committees in the House and Senate shortly after the General Assembly convened in January. No hearings are currently scheduled.

Hopefully, more rational minds will prevail.  A private business is just that, private. If a business wants to be non-smoking, then hey, have at it. I don’t care. I won’t patronize the place, but that’s MY choice.

“As the U.S. Surgeon General said last year — the debate is over, the science is clear. Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard that causes premature death and disease in children and nonsmoking adults,” said Conte.

Come to think of it, isn’t that what algore said about “global warming”?  If this woman wants a “cause”, maybe she should do a little volunteer work in the public schools.



  1. Your governor and his wife are making me reconsider Tennessee.

    Comment by Huckleberry Dumbell, Ace Reporter — April 1, 2007 @ 6:23

  2. Just wait till I get myself ensconsed permanently. 🙂

    Comment by olbroad — April 1, 2007 @ 6:37

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