In June of 2006 the surgeon General released the following statement.
U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona today issued a comprehensive scientific report which concludes that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work increase their risk of developing heart disease by 25 to 30 percent and lung cancer by 20 to 30 percent. The finding is of major public health concern due to the fact that nearly half of all nonsmoking Americans are still regularly exposed to secondhand smoke.
Now unless you have been living under a rock for the past 15 or more years this really shouldn't be a surprise to you. Oh wait, this could be surprising if you were the currier that delivered a package to the Revenue Recovery Services Section of the Ohio Attorney Generals Office today around 11:30 am.
I know back in the day people could light up anywhere and everywhere including at the workplace. Let me just say that I am so thankful that it's not possible for smokers to do this anymore. Nothing against anyone who smokes (Dave did up until 8 months ago) but my system does not take kindly to secondhand smoke so I can't imagine having to sit next to someone who smoked all day long. This hasn't been allowed for quit a long time now. In fact in Ohio you can smoke inside any building unless it's your house or a private club.
The reason I am bringing this up though is because at about 11;30 this morning a currier dropping off some documents walked through our section with a lite cigerette hanging out of his mouth. At first we all thought it was just in is mouth but not lite. As he got closer we could see the fire ball on the end of it and as soon as he set the box down he took the cigarette out of his mouth and blew the smoke out. I truly could not believe that in 2008 someone would be smoking in the workplace, none of us could. I mean really who does that? I know for sure that if this man had his cigerette lite when he signed in at the security desk Ms. Gracie would have kicked his stupid butt out so that means this guy lite up in the eleveator. Of course we were all too shocked to say anything to him so he just walked back out of the office smoking away. I would love to know if he finished it before getting back down to the lobby or if Ms. Gracie caught him with it.