Smokers have to step outside at the VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View after a decision to curtail the health affects of second-hand smoke for the members.
Brought up at a general meeting this Spring, the decision passed with little fanfare.
“There’s a group of people, officers that don’t smoke and can’t be around smoke,” said Irv Hudson, Commander for the post, “And it was brought up through them. After not much discussion, it passed.”
Hudson said they now have more non-smokers that can come in, people that either couldn’t, or wouldn’t, come in before.
Because the VFW is considered a private club, they were exempt from the Delaware Clean Air Act of 2002, which prohibited smoking in workplaces and most public indoor places, including but not limited to indoor workplaces, restaurants, bars, taverns and taprooms; grocery stores; public meeting areas and courtrooms; day care facilities, and private home areas used for day care; hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities; restrooms, lobbies, hallways, elevators and other common areas in motels, hotels and apartment buildings; at least 75 percent of the guest rooms in any hotel or motel; gaming facilities (casinos) open to the public; bowling alleys, billiard halls and pool halls; theaters, auditoriums and museums; libraries; all schools and indoor sports arenas.
They have joined other area places concerned with the health affects of smoking and second hand smoke in expansion on the Clean Air Act. For example, Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD; Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, DE and Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, DE all prohibit smoking anywhere on the premisis, which is an expansion of the state statute.
“It’s a good idea,” said past State, District and Post Commander Lou Kubikci, and the post’s current chaplain of the approximately 2,300-member post. “I’m not supposed to be around smoke anyway,” adding that he hasn’t heard many complaints.