Thursday, October 15, 2009


Maj. Ken is the son of my dear friend and colleague, Brenda Jaquith. And he writes a wonderful column/blog everyday. And I'm sharing today's entry with you here. Funny and wise stuff.
“Excuse me. Do you mind if I smoke?” “No, mind if I FART?” – Steve Martin. Well, Steve certainly had his way of making a point. Smoking in the workplace in Canada is now a controversial subject. One motivated Mounty decided to take action. He issued a citation to a Canadian truck driver for smoking on the job. The zealous high-way cop wrote him up for smoking in his vehicle because it is considered his workplace. The cop saw the 48-year-old trucker driving on a highway in southwestern Ontario with a cigarette in his mouth on Wednesday, and gave him a C$305 ($290) ticket.

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, adopted in 2006, prohibits smoking in an enclosed workplace or enclosed public area, and that extends to work vehicles, said Constable Shawna Coulter of the Ontario Provincial Police in Essex County. "We enforce the legislation and this truck driver was in violation of that," she said.

Well, I suppose we could see this coming. Smokers are on the way out, little by little. The Military is considering banning smoking. It’s difficult to smoke in California. You can’t smoke in a California bar nor casino. Hell, the only place you can smoke without fear of legal reprisal is in the state of Virginia. I think cops in Virginia are still required by law to offer you a light.

Oh well, I suppose it could be worse. California could pass an Anti-Farting law. I’m sure the legislature would proudly approve it. Although, upon signing it nearly every politician would be arrested. Have you every really wondered what it means for a politician to be full of hot air?

MAJ Kenneth Nickerson
United States Army

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