It Will Not End With Just A Smoking Ban


Dear Editor,

At midnight December 31, 2004 the Braxton County smoking ban will go into effect.

Any business who allows smoking can be fined from $250.00 to $1,000.00.

Any person who smokes in a restricted area can be fined $250.00 to $1,000.00.

Fines are in place for smoking most anywhere around the doorway of most every establishment.

No exceptions, no exemptions.

FORCES West Virginia is asking all who are opposed to this outlandish ban to join in repealing and stopping it.

If you are a business, we strongly urge you to keep track of your loss of business as FORCES West Virginia wants to compile this information statewide.

You do have a legal option to allow smoking in your business, for more information please contact me.

If you are a non smoker, who does not think this ban is necessary, nor done legally (the legislative process for making laws was totally eliminated) and want to help fight it, please join FORCES West Virginia. Only the combined power of the people can stop this.

If you are a smoker, or user of any tobacco product, we urge you to join.

And if you think this is where it will stop, you are mistaken. Please read this Dec. 17, 2004 news feed from Minnesota: "A Minnesota lawmaker wants to penalize poor people for smoking." "Representative Marty Seifert says poor people who smoke are driving up Minnesota's health costs. Seifert says he'll introduce legislation next month to impose higher premiums, co-payments or economic sanctions for people getting any of the state's public assistance who don't quit smoking."

"Earlier this year, the U-S Department of Agriculture rejected a plan by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty to ban food stamp recipients from spending their benefits on junk food, foods that contain too much fat or sugar."

Maryetta Ables, President
FORCES West Virginia
PO Box 54
Sutton WV 26601