Archive for Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Parkinson plans three events for smoking ban

March 10, 2010, 2:19 p.m. Updated March 11, 2010, 12:00 a.m.


— Gov. Mark Parkinson plans to have three events, including one at the Kansas University Medical Center, to celebrate passage of a statewide ban on indoor smoking in public places.

Parkinson will sign the bill into law during a ceremony Friday in the Statehouse.

Then he will have ceremonial signings on Monday at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, and in Salina.

Parkinson’s spokesman Seth Bundy said the ceremony at KU Med is linked to the KU Cancer Center’s efforts to receive designation from the National Cancer Institute. That event starts at 1:30 p.m. in the School of Nursing atrium.

Bundy said Parkinson was already going to speak at the Ellsworth-Kanopolis Chamber of Commerce and on the way will have a ceremonial signing in Salina, home of state Rep. Charles Roth, a Republican, who made the successful motion in the House to adopt the smoking ban that had already been approved in the Senate.

That event is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at the Salina-Saline County Health Department.

The law will take effect July 1.


generalsn 8 years, 1 month ago

There will be alot of partying on the street in front of the bars that comply during the summer now that people are forced to go outside. The neighbors will be rejoicing.

down_the_river 8 years, 1 month ago

Perhaps the Gov will give a nod to the good folks of the WCTU who had the strength to pass the anti-cigarette law in Kansas in 1911. They had a greater moral compass and weren't burdened by the timidity of the folks that did the gut and go on this legislation.

Keep the perspective, this law isn't progressive social action. The prohibitionists had a more effective law here in Kansas 100 years ago. Come on Clean Air folks, get some courage and ban tobacco like they did in the good old days. Don't act so timid.

Armored_One 8 years, 1 month ago

So who is going to employ the thousands of people dependant upon the tobacco industry when tobacco products are banned nationwde, since that is the obvious intent here?

Not a huge direct impact on Kansas, but once North Carolina, West Virginia and South Carolina experience a 50-60% increase in unemployment claims, then the impact will start being felt.

When taxes on commodities, such as gasoline, property and other such things, increase 5-10% to make up the deficit the federal government experiences without that income, I am sure that there will be mass celebrations when gasoline goes over $3.50 a gallon and stays there permanently.

It will be a grand and glorious day when the tobacco farmers file for Chapter 11 en masse due to being unable to raise any crop in a field that has sustained tobacco for at least 2 years, what with all the chemicals tobacco leeches out of the ground.

Kansas is already running on a very short supply of cash for state-run programs, like road repair, education and health care for thos unable to afford the vultures, err I mean doctors, so the millions that Kansas makes off of taxes shouldn't make that shortfall much worse than it already is.

Logic and common sense are slowly being bred out of the species as a whole.

Boston_Corbett 8 years, 1 month ago

I love the national trolls that sign on here to post pro-Tobacco messages.

How can I get paid for one of those gigs too?

Armored_One 8 years, 1 month ago

Alright, Boston, here's the basic math, since you are incapable of actually stringing two thoughts together coherently.

Roughly 22% of Kansas residents smoke. We can chop that down to 20% for the sake of simplicity.

Roughly 6 million people live in Kansas. 20% of that is 1.2 million people.

The state tax on cigarettes is currenly $.79, not including the new taxes that will likely be passed raising the tax to $1.34.

Let's say 90% ofthe Kansas smokers smoke 1 pack of cigarettes a day.

365 days/year * .79 * 1,200,000 = $346,020,000

Kansas bans smoking statewide, in terms of sales, that is going to basically double the current shortfall of nearly $400,000,000.

The next logcal tax is sales tax and other "sin" taxes, such as alcohol and such.

Armored_One 8 years, 1 month ago

Forgot a step in the mathematical progression. Got distracted by the youngest and the puppy playing tag and watching both lose at the same time.

1,200,000 * .9 = 1,080,000

So the above math would change to:

365 * 79 * 1080000 = $311,418,000

Sorry for skipping that one step, but kids and puppies are fun things to watch.

Boston_Corbett 8 years, 1 month ago

They must get paid on a piece rate. And joy joy, you can work from home, just like the want ad said.

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