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[Re: Airline Smoking Ban]

Date: 26 Aug 1987
Length: 14 pages
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I believe this to be an act of incredible ignorance of the facts I cannot believe anyone other than a very small minority would want such a ban I believe that if you or any other rational person would examine the facts they would see that the proposed

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5617. Miscellaneous Issue Material
Airline Smoking Ban 88
DOT Appropriations Bill
NYSA numbers
0044 B1793 02C
Type
Letter
Author
Leard, Phillip R
Recipient
Wilson, Pete
Richard H
Cranston, Alan
Named Person
Isome
Lear, R
Phillip
Tate
Tention
Named Organization
Airline Pilots
House Of Represenatlves
Safety Board
Senate
Tobacco Institute
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smoking restriction
airplane
legislation
Congress

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TATE SEP Phill[p R. Lear,.l 2304 Teresa Ct. Bakersfield, Ca. 933U4 Aug. 26,1987 To: Senator Pete Wilson, U.S.S. U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Sir, i am writing to make known to you my ardent opposition to legislation now being considered to ban smoMing on all airline . flights, no matter the duration. I believe this to be an act of incredible ignorance of the facts,, I cannot believe anyone other than a very small minority, •would want such a ban. I be- lieve that, if you or any other rational person would examine the facts, they would see that the proposed ban is totally un- meccessary. The r~al facts are as follows: A 1987 Airline Pilots Association poll determined ~hat airline passengers, by a margin of 87% to :12%, believe tha'ttiie "current • practice of separating smoking and non-smoking passengers is a reasonable policy that respects the.rights of each." Measurements of nicotine in aircraft cabins ind'icate that the small amount of cigarette smoke in..the nonsmokling se~ isso small that it would take the equivalent :of.~:24• hours/log nine days of non-stop flying, for nonsmokers ~o b~ e~pOs~ ~to • ... . the "nicotine equivalent" of a single ciga~ette!J~!!i.i :' Some say aircraft smoking may ~r~sent a skies. But, according to NaEional T~anspor~t~;on!i.,~a~ f~%~ records, since 1970, not a single airline fire' h~ been deter- mined to have been smoking related!!!! What is really going on here is an atteg, pt by.& very small lobby, to force its will on the majority. This group of anti- smoking zealots, are trying to create a problem, when ~ fact there is none. This group.wishes to destroy a legitimate.i~dust{~, in every possible way. Already, they have succ.ee~d i~ tax{ng T!004~--0914
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cigarettes to the point that they are amosg ;;he most, if not THE most, heavily taxed product in the world. It has been said by many that cigarettes are a vice. r strongly disagree. To lions of ~eople, they are a source.of enjoym@nh. I believe a great man# people smoke because th~~ WANT tg~ They look forward to their ~orning coffee and their .~i~$rette~i}NQw ~inc~. it is no longerl "in" to be a smoker, many May not admit this, but believe it to be true nonetheless.!~h~ facti~s~ cigarettes are an enjoyable source of pleasure to'a very g~at many"people in this country, and will be for quite some time to come. To further restrict ~his perfectly legal pleasure is certainly not warran- ted by an~ stretch of the imaginat!Qn% If sir;, you further succomb to this pressure from this small group, you risk something greater than not recieving my vote in the next election. If you and other congress persons can allow .this smal-I group to exert this kind of force on those of us the majority, what will they come t~ you for next? Will it be restrictions on milk? coffee? perhaps a build~ng code for dog- houses? I believe it is time for distinguished and honorable men like yourself, to stand up and be counted as men able to see the whole picture, able to understand ~e real insanity be- hind the!demands of a few, and to a~t bn w~t"is'~ight and sensi- ble for ~he whole, not just the few% !i, I strongly reccommend that yo~ ~Qg~ider~ h t I ,say, it is of the utmost importance. The next t~me:yog~recieqe any of this "anti-smoking" legislation, thick,about what you @re doing to the millions of smokers, many of them of l~wer ec6n0mic means. • ~ TO lay mgre taxes or restrictions on'smoking is to further harm I thank you very much for yourat£ent~Od~t th~s:matte~,' " T!0045-0915
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Phillip ~. Leard 2304 Terlesa Ct. Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 Aug. 26,~987 • To: Honorable Richard H, L@hman, ~I U.S.~ House of Represen~atlves, Washlington, D.C. 205i~ i: ~ Dear SiX, : I' :, i I am ~writing to make kn6wn to legislation now being cons!der4d,i't6 flights, no matter the duration. /I of incredible ignorance of.the ! • .li~.I ' , ~ I .ii{ ':-'"I !I ,- • , ~. ~ U my ardent-Opposition to ban smb~ing .on all airline believe ~%h~isto be an act s, I cannot believe anyone other than a very small mi6o'rity, would:want,such a ban. I be- lieve that, if you or any other ra~.'idna~- pars'on Would exami.~e the facts, they would see th~ the ~pr0posed. ban is totally un- meccessary. The real facts are ag follows: A 1987 Airline Pilots AssociatiOn poll. determ~e~.It~a~ ~a~rl~ne passengers, by a margin of 87% to ractice of separating smoking and .non-smoking' D4Bseng'ers is a reasonable policy that respects ~he. rlg~t~ .~.leg~h-.- : '' M~asurements of nicotine in a~c~r~ftica~n~i'~n~i~ate that the small amount of cigarettesm~k~ is so small that it would take t~l! nine da~s of non-stop flyi~g~ fo~.~ the "nicotine equivalent" 0f a Some !say aircraft s~oki~g-mayl~ skies~ ~ut, accordlng' to Natmon~ records~ since 1970, not a singl, mined to have been smok~ng.rel~J Whatiis really going lobby, to force its will on the ma smoking zealots, are trying to c~e there is none. This group wishes t~ in every possible way. Already, ~hi in £hd~ ~o.~smo.~ing section equivalent'of 224 hours, or , -:. , :~ ... [bI on:smgke~;s ~o. e exposed to :.esen~ '~i!!'f}~.r~ ,hazard" in the ir~ns~por.{~ion ~afety Board [i~line fir'~ has been deter- a~~.a~£~p~, by: a very ,small ~ority. This group of anti- tea• problem, when ~* fact destrby a ~legitimate industry, y.~have succeeded in taxing TI0045-0916
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PAGE TWO cigarette to the point that they @re .among ~he mQ@t~ if non heavxly taxed product x~.I ~he worl,~ii ~,t~~MISeen sa].d THE most, . ., by many t ~at clgarettes are a lions of ~eople, they are a sourc~ ~f en3oy~nt. ~:'b)ell.eve a great mar ~ people smoke because t~ ~ANT tol~ -T.he~' look ~orward to their ~orning coffe,e and the~;!:.c.~g~;et.~.e.~ N.~w.~ ~[~¢.~ ~t.. i.s, no longer. "in" to be a smoker, many imay notadmit this:, believe it to be true nonetheless'. ~he fact. is,I ¢.i~a~r~ttes are an enjoy .~ble "source of pleasure te .@ very sreat, man~ people in this court.try, and will be ~or q~i.t.e!Isome ti~e ~o co~e. To further ,restrict this perfectly legal pleasu.re is certainly not warrant- ted by a~y stretch of the imagination,. If si(, you further succomb to this pressure frSm this small group, you risk something greater t~.an not recieving, my vote in the next election. If you and other congress persons can allow this small group ho exert this kind l of force on those o[ us ' the majority, what will they come,t~ you for next? Will it be restrictions on milk? coffee? per~a~/s a buildilg code for dog- houses? I believe it is time for distinguished and honorable men like ,yourself, to stand up and " e counted as men able to "see t~e ~hole picture, able to hind the demands of a few, and bl~ for he whole, not j~st the I str~ngly reccommend that you..¢ of the u~most importance. The n@~ "anti-sm~,king" legislation,, thin~ the mill~.ons of smokers, .many of 't~ To lay m~re taxes or restrictions some of ~hose least able to I thank you very much for you~.~ :s~and'~e/real insanity be- 'D~i~e~ha~ .I ;say, it.is D%~e ~yO~r@Gl~e~ any o[ nnis . bo~t 'wh~~o~ @re doing to ~=~ o~ l~Wer, eco~mi~ means ~ .smoki~# ~s t# further harm t n io.:t . s~.ma.tter, Sii:.cere y yours,_ Phi R ! T!0045-0917
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Phi]l]~ R. Le~,'d 2304 Teresa Ct. Bakersfield, Ca. 93.~0L~ Aug. 26~1987 To: Senator Alan M. Cranston, U.S.S. U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Si I am Writing to make known tQ you my ardent opposition to ]eqis]at~ion now being considered to ban smbking or: a].i ai.r]in~ flights, no matter the duration. I believe' this to be an act of increc]ible ignorance of the fac~s,, I cannot believe anyone other th;an a very small minority, would• want such a ban~ I be- ] [eve that, if you or any other rational person would examine the facts, they would see that the 'proposed ban is totally neccessar'y. The ~eal facts are as follows: A 1987 Airline Pilots Associatio~n poll determined that airline passengers, by a ma~:t.iin of 87% to 12%, be]_i.eve that the "c,~.-e.nt practice of separating smoking and non-smokiug passengers a reasonable policy that respects 9he rights of each." Measurements of nicotine in air,raft cabins indicate that the small amount of cigarette smok@ in the=nonsmoking section i~ so small that it would take the~ iequlvalent of 224 hours, or nine day~ of non-stop flying, for ~,o~smokers to be exposed to the "nicotine equivalent" of a single cigarette! ! ! ! ! Some .say aircraft smoking may p4esent a-"fire hazard" in the skies. But, according to National ~ransportation Safety Board records, since 1970, not a single ~irline fire has been duter- mined to~. have been smoking irelated!l, ~ ' What is really going on ihere is:ia. a%temPt' by-~ very sm~ll lobby, to force its will on the majority. ' " - qh].s group of anti- smoking zealots, are tryi,~,g to create a prQblem, when l~n fact there is none. 'Fh~s group, wishes tq destroy a legitimate induYt~y, in every possibl~., way. Alrea~]y, the.y have succeeded in tax]n,: T!0045-0918
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TWO cigarettes to the point that they &r THE most, heavily taxed product in t amjng t s. ~os~t, if not .%e wdrl~ .it ,h~.s been said by many that cigarettes are a vice i "' : ' ' ' . strongly dlsagree. To mil- lions of people, they are a 'sourcei~I enjoyment. ~I ibelie~e a great many people smoke because they WANT t~ ~hey look forward to their morning coffee and ~heir i~ifla~e~te,~N~,!.~nce ~t ~ no longer "in" to be a smoker, many may not ~admi~ this, but I~ believe it to be true nonetheless.T~e fact is, cigarettes are an enjoyable source of pleasure 'to~.a verjg~a~ many people in this country, and will be for qulte ,restrict ~his perfectly legall ple~ ted by an~ stretch of the~i~agina~o If sir! " ' you further succomb to ~ group, yo~ risk somethinggrleate~!~ in the next election, If you, and this small, group tb exert this ki~ the majority, what will they! ~ome ~ome tin]e ~,.0 ~O.me, To fur,ther ,~e. i~ certa:~r~ly not war~an- • S pressure from this small ~n not [ec~ev~g ~my vote ~r qng~es~ persons can a;low 0f;"fdrc~ofi ~h0se of us in you :for.:nex~'?~!~ill it be • .: .~ , ,,~: '~ ,~ ~!',,'.~ ~i-~ ~;.i_°I ~ , restrictions on m~ik? coffee? perha a nu~i~ng 'co~e for ~og- houses? I believe it is time for di~hing~J.shed/and honorable " d : few, and to ach en .what is r~ght and sensi- ~"~' bl~ for the whole, not just the few. I strongly reccommend that you co'sider wha~ I say, it is of the utmost importance. The next t~me you,.recieve any of this "anti-smoking" legislation, think lab ut what.~yo~ ~are doing to the millions of smokers~ many of the~ of l~wer.,economic means. To lay more taxes or restrictions oni smoking is to further harm some of those least able to afford, i~. I thank you very muoh ~o~ your ~t~ention to this matter. yspurs, ~ Lea r~l TI0045-0919
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