June 3, 2014
Members of Post 130,
Many of you are aware that the Executive Committee voted to ban smoking indoors and some may have concerns about this. Here’s a quick overview:
- Smoking inside the Post 130 building is prohibited starting July 1.
- This does not include using dip, chewing tobacco or nicotine replacement devices.
- People are allowed to smoke outside as long as they use a cigarette receptacle.
- Accommodations will be made outside for smokers to use the patio. We want to know how we can make the patio and other spaces comfortable for smokers such as seating, tables, and shade.
Why did Post 130 decide to prohibit smoking indoors?
- Post 130 is about to start soliciting donations from businesses in the area to renovate the Post 130 building. Businesses are not going to donate money or materials if they know smoking is going to take place as soon as remodeling occurs. We need to show them we are serious about our organization.
- We want Post 130 to be around for many, many years. Recruiting the newest generation of veterans requires us to make the place appealing to them which means eliminating smoking.
- The smell of smoke is a deterrent from people coming into Post 130. This affects membership and revenue.
- 70% of smokers want to quit smoking and 46% make an attempt every year. Post 130 wants to help, not make it more difficult.
- Post 130 wants to be a role model for youth such as Boy Scouts.
- If you want to be a part of the process or provide input, please come to the next meeting which is Wednesday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.
- 1986: Smoking was banned in basic training.
- 1997: Smoking was banned in all government owned and leased facilities.
- Currently, about 30% of active duty military smoke. The Department of Defense wanted the number to be 12% by 2010 but did not achieve this goal.