Friday, November 13, 2015

Dr. Siegel On Proposed Public Housing Smoking (and vaping?) Ban

There is a federal ban on smoking, which may possibly even include vaping, being proposed in all public housing throughout the United States.

Poor people may risk being spied upon by their neighbors and other like minded busy bodies.

They may even risk eviction, which could catapult many into homelessness.

I was shocked to read a quote from Dr. Siegel that essentially was an endorsement of the idea.

I left this comment on the good doctor's blog (something I rarely do) that I will also leave here. It begins with a quote from the Dr. himself:

"“This is a natural step to continue to spread the smoke-free protections
that started with workplaces and then spread to restaurants and bars,” 
said Michael Siegel, professor of Community Health Sciences at Boston 
University’s School of Public Health."

Seriously Dr.? Do you realize what you are for advocating here? Do you not believe in the 4th Amendment and Equal Protection (14th Amendment) under the law for poor people?

Shame on you. I am disgusted.

For the love of God and country, stop LYING about the "effects" of 2nd hand smoke. You are aiding and abetting a totalitarian mindset.

Residents mixed on proposed smoking ban in public housing

...and according to this take on the proposed ban, it may also include e-cigarettes:

Public Housing Ban on Smoking May Include E-Cigarettes


How can we really believe that he is a proponent of harm reduction knowing that he supports such extremist measures whilst continuing to LIE about 2nd hand smoke?

There is no such thing as "harm reduction" if it is to be devoid of human kindness, empathy, and a deep reverence for our democratic way of life and government.

I am simply stunned.


  1. Ninth Amendment to the United States Constitution

    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

    This amendment is used to protect the citizenry from any expansion of governmental power because of the limited nature of the Bill of Rights. Because every right of the people of the United States could not possibly be mentioned in the Constitution, the Ninth Amendment was added to supplement those already mentioned. The amendment protects many rights implied in a universal civil code, and those that are linked to other rights already declared. It protects these personal liberties from state and federal infringement.

  2. I've never once, since E-Cigarettes have entered the market place heard Dr. Siegel regail about 2ND HAND SMOKE! If anything I have heard his humanitarian interest far outway the old laison he may have had or been attributed to! Why can't he be growing as technology is, ? as well!.

    1. Because stone can't grow only organic matter can grow. It was only 2 or 3 years ago that he reaffirmed his endorsement of the 1992 EPA study. That his emphasis is now on e-cigarettes doesn't mean that he's changed his mind about secondhand smoke - where's the evidence that he has?