COUER D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho state senator wants to allow smoking in the state's homes for veterans, arguing that forcing former service men and women to go outside is an 'injustice' that needs to be remedied.

Under an indoor smoking law passed in the 2004 session, all smoking in restaurants and public buildings was banned, and that included state veterans homes. If the bill is successful, veterans will be able to smoke in designated smoking rooms inside the homes. He said the smoking rooms provide good ventilation for the veterans and make sure smoke doesn't spread to other parts of the homes.

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Should former service men and women living in veterans homes get to smoke inside?
COUER D`ALENE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho state senator wants to allow smoking in the state`s homes for veterans, arguing that forcing former service men and women to go outside is an `injustice` that needs to be remedied.

Under an indoor smoking law passed in the 2004 session, all smoking in restaurants and public buildings was banned, and that included state veterans homes. If the bill is successful, veterans will be able to smoke in designated smoking rooms inside the homes. He said the smoking rooms provide good ventilation for the veterans and make sure smoke doesn`t spread to other parts of the homes.

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17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/2/05 - 10:15:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
Why should they?
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/2/05 - 10:21:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's ridiculous. They obviously think they're better than everyone else.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/2/05 - 10:25:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
Why not? They deserve it

17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/2/05 - 10:29:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
What the Hell? Does being a veteran mean that you should get to run red lights whenever you want? I see no valid connection between being a vet (God bless you and thanks all the same) and getting to smoke indoors. Geez, you'd think vets should be spared every inconvenience and annoyance in life or something. Should they get speed passes for elevators so they don't have to waste so long?

Now, it does seem cruel that people in a physical condition where going outside in the winter could be dangerous could be subjected to that because they're smokers. I think old smokers in rest homes ought to have a heated place to smoke out of the elements.

17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 2/4/05 - 10:34:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
Thats stupid.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 2/18/05 - 9:08:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with Laugh that old people, vets or not, who can't get outside should have a warm, well-ventilated place to smoke. Which i think is the point of the article, just that it addresses vets directly. By the time you're in a VA hospital or a rest home, smoking probably isn't the worst of your medical concerns..
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 2/20/05 - 12:34:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
No that's nasty.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/22/05 - 2:49:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
This sh_t is so unrelated. We need to allow veterans the right to spread cancerous stinky fumes to people who enjoy fresh air. And why not? They fought for our country, didn't they? Might as well let them off on murder charges and give them all the winning lottery tickets too, cuz dammit they did something great for the nation. I'D HATE TO UPSET THEM. Man, is there any end to the excuses? HEY! jf2k2rj reported some suspicious terrorist activity to the government last week, where's his new right to buy alcohol for minors and blow smoke in elderly people's faces? He did a good deed, he is owed.. Just keep the little smoking rooms perfectly ventilated so not one cubic millimeter of that rancid fumage seeps into the fresh atmosphere of the rest of the home, and I'll have no problem.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 2/28/05 - 1:14:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
If I was at the age of 86 and felt like smoking I sure would laugh out loud about people concerned about my health. When you're that age comfort is more important.
Give them a break!
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 2/28/05 - 1:16:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think that if old-ass people want to smoke, they should not have to go outside.

But I'm just talking about old farts in general, not just service people

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 2/28/05 - 1:17:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
Washington is trying to pull this ban on public smoking BS, too, and I hate it. But I don't think veterans should have special privileges.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 2/28/05 - 1:21:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
Surely you would think some of them would respect their caregivers enough not to smoke around them. I think its just courteous for the veterans to go outside and smoke instead of potentially damaging the health of caregivers.

But there are always the few old bat's who want to cause a raucous.

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 2/28/05 - 1:21:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
no smoking kills, i live in the smoking ban country of ireland and oits brilliant, everywhere is smoke free!
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 4/24/05 - 9:34:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
I would need to know how veterans' homes are set up. If it's like an apartment complex, then the fumes shouldn't spread from room to room anyhow. Let 'em smoke.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/2/05 - 3:29:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
Let them smoke. If they are in a veteran's home that means they LIVE there -- we can smoke in our own homes if we want to, so should they. Regardless of whether or not we think smoking is gross, it really isn't our business if someone smokes in privacy.



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