Wednesday, March 9, 2011


This story is closely related to the one below, and it is the result of a research made by this publication regarding regulations for smoking in the City of Riverside.

After receiving conflicting reports from the City about if there were or not any ordinances about smoking, we have got from Councilman Mike Gardner a copy of the City Administrative Manual dated July, 2006, and reviewed July 2009.

The Administrative Manual states that City Smoking Policy is limited to the requirements of the Labor Code 6404.5 prohibiting the smoking of tobacco products in all enclosed places of employment, defining workplaces but not limited to offices spaces, libraries, museums, maintenance facilities, warehouses, fire stations, and City-owned vehicles and heavy equipment.

Then, the A.M. refers to the California Law Section 9.08.140, which prohibits smoking "in any area of any park or open space managed by the Park and Recreation Department and specifically designated by sign as a prohibited smoking areas by the Park and Recreation Department." 

As we have verified, Riverside City's Smoking Policy is limited to protect workers/employees and, obviously, employees and visitors attending Park and Recreation areas.

But that's about it. The City's Smoking Policy ignores Riverside residents, personnel and visitors of private-owned buildings, leaving to their owners/managers  the implementation of non-smoking restrictions, which past and present experiences reveal incompetence, privileges, and lack of fairness.

It is the editorial position of The Truth Publication Online that the present Riverside City Policy, although recognizable, doesn't have in consideration thousands of residents/voters who are exposed to the emissions of  deadly smoke. 

It is the responsibility of our government to protect the health of all citizens, no matter classifications of discriminatory places. The law cannot be administered by private individuals because, in plain language, they don't give a damn.

(We would like to thank Councilmen Mike Gardner, Chris MacArthur, Paul Davis, William Bailey, and City Attorney Greg Priamos for their responses and cooperation with this story.)


Two old ladies were outside their nursing home, having a smoke when it started to rain. One of the ladies pulled out a condom, cut off the end, put it over her cigarette and continued smoking.

Lady 1: "What's that?"
Lady 2: "A condom. This way my cigarette doesn't get wet."
 "Where did you get it?"
 "You can get them at any drugstore."

The next day  Lady 1 hobbles herself into the local drugstore and announces to the pharmacist that she wants a box of condoms. The guy looks at her kind of strangely (she is, after all, over 80 years of age), but politely asks what brand she prefers.

She replies: "It doesn't matter as long as it fits a Camel."

"Say what?" 


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