The City Council Public Service
Committee voted 4-0 last Monday night to postpone
discussion on the proposed smoking ban in
restaurants until its meeting in March. At
that time the committee will hear a presentation
that will propose a ban on smoking in nearly any
public place that has four walls and a ceiling.
The proposed ordinance was supported by
statements of Campus-Community Alliances for
Smoke-Free Environments (CASE) representative
Drew Deardorff. (see inside for CASE information)
The proposed ordinance states its purpose
_______________ [City or County Governing Body]
finds and declares that the purposes of this
ordinance are (1) to protect the public health
and welfare by prohibiting smoking in public
places and places of employment; and (2) to
guarantee the right of nonsmokers to breathe
smokefree air, and to recognize that the need to
breathe smokefree air shall have priority over
the desire to smoke."
Although there is a specific
list of where smoking will be prohibited in the
twelve page document, the list provided stating
where it wont be regulated is more to the
"Where Smoking is
A. Private residences,
except when used as a childcare, adult day care,
or health care facility, and except as provided
in Section 1006.
B. Not more than twenty
percent (20%) of hotel and motel rooms rented to
guests and designated as smoking rooms. All
smoking rooms on the same floor must be
contiguousand smoke from these rooms must not
infiltrate into areas where smoking is prohibited
under the provisions of this Article. The status
of rooms as smoking or nonsmoking may not be
changed, except to add additional nonsmoking
C. Private clubs that have
no employees, except when being used for a
function to which the general public is invited;
provided that smoke from such clubs does not
infiltrate into areas where smoking is prohibited
under the provisions of this Article. This
exemption shall not apply to any organization
that is established for the purpose of avoiding
compliance with this Article.
D. Outdoor areas of places
The following information
was compiled from information provided by CASE
and MFH and their web sites. It is assumed to be
accurate, but the Mornin Mail
claims no responsibility for its content.
for Smoke-Free Environments (CASE) was funded
with a Tobacco Prevention and Cessation
Initiative Grant provided by the Missouri
Foundation for Health (MFH).
CASE, or Campus-Community
Alliances for Smoke-Free Environments, is a group
of researchers and experts on the health effects
of secondhand smoke. We have expertise in
addictions, health promotion, psychology, public
health, strategic communication and project
evaluation. Our team of professionals, in
partnership with already existing statewide
organizations, are working to improve the health
of Missouri communities, complement existing
tobacco control efforts, and build an
infrastructure that can sustain our successful
programs for years to come.
Our two main goals are to
reduce workplace smoking and to promote smoking
prevention programs in schools, in order to make
our communities cleaner and healthier place to
live. To achieve these goals we are working to
provide leadership training for tobacco control,
while disseminating credible information about
the health, social and economic consequences of
secondhand smoke to affiliate campus and
community alliances so they can in turn work to
create smoke-free environments in the State of
The idea is to use existing
campus and community infrastructures to mobilize
leaders who will, in turn, influence
communities health agendas to reduce the
use of tobacco. By systematically linking
energetic campus-community leaders from
educational institutions (from middle schools,
high schools and universities) with community
groups, we will strengthen the alliance and will
be closer to solving the major societal problems
related to tobacco.
The primary role of CASE is to
serve as a resource for anyone working to reduce
secondhand smoke and promote clean indoor air.
Our group of researchers and professionals are
armed with knowledge, skills, tools and
information to help any organization. We are here
to provide support and guidance for everyone
working to combat smoking and second hand smoke.
The MFH Tobacco Prevention and
Cessation Initiative is a nine-year, multi-phase
program that includes grantmaking, policy,
capacity building, evaluation and communication
activities. MFH is taking a comprehensive
approach to tobacco use in order to assure
integration of all aspects of prevention and
cessation. This model for comprehensive tobacco
use prevention is based on the understanding that
behavior change requires awareness, education,
advocacy, organizational changes, policy and
environmental changes and implementation of
multi-phased strategies. Comprehensive tobacco
control programs are proven to significantly
reduce smoking, which in turn reduces morbidity,
mortality and health care costs.
Throughout the development of
this initiative, MFH met with representatives
from the Missouri Statewide Tobacco Steering
Committee to review the key components and needs
of the Missouri Comprehensive Tobacco Use
Prevention Program. The guiding principles,
strategies and objectives from the statewide plan
were utilized to form the basis for the MFH
Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Initiative.
Regional grants support
development of a structure that provides
coordination of specific strategies for tobacco
prevention and cessation. Grantees are large
organizations with annual operating budgets that
meet or exceed $2 million. Four regional grants
were awarded in 2004 and 2005 to Randolph County
Health Department, Missouri Department of Health
and Senior Services, Curators of University of
Missouri and American Lung Association.
Community grants are awarded to
smaller community-based agencies that implement
models and activities designed in conjunction
with a regional grant recipient.
1994 - 1995
- BCBSMo, a nonprofit health
services corporation, creates a
for-profit subsidiary, RightCHOICE
Managed Care Inc.
- Consumer groups support
the use of RightChoices assets to
benefit the public.
1996 - 1998
- Missouri Attorney General
Jay Nixon files suit against BCBSMo and
its subsidiaries, including RightCHOICE,
charging violation of Missouri laws
governing conversion of non-profits to
1999 - 2000
- Under direction from the
Missouri Supreme Court, the parties agree
to dismiss lawsuits and to enter into a
settlement creating Missouri Foundation
for Health (MFH), a public nonprofit
corporation. BCBSMo transfers $12.8
million and 14,982,500 shares of
RightCHOICE stock directly to the
- A committee is formed to
nominate board members. When the Board is
established in 2000, the members of the
nominating committee become the first
members of the Community Advisory
- In October, Dr. James R.
Kimmey is hired as the first chief
- RightCHOICE and WellPoint
Health Networks merge, making the
Foundations shares worth about $733
million. Added to an earlier stock sale,
RightCHOICE creates some $900 million in
value for MFH.
- CAC conducts community
forums in the Foundations service
area of 84 counties and City of St.
- MFH awards its first round
of grants addressing heart disease,
diabetes prevention and strengthening
- MFH celebrates one year of
grantmaking. The Foundation distributes
more than $32.5 million in grants from
August 2002 - August 2003.
- MFH hosts its first annual
Health Summit, addressing disparities.
- MFH launches a $40
million, nine-year Tobacco Prevention
& Cessation Initiative.2005
- MFH hosts its second
Health Summit, entitled "Weighing in
on Childrens Obesity: Strategies
- MFH launches its Healthy
& Active Communities Initiative,
aimed at combating obesity.
- A new funding effort
targets dental sealants for children,
self-management of diabetes, health
literacy and co-occurring
mental/substance abuse disorders.
- MFH hosts its third Health
Summit, addressing access to health care
for people living in rural areas.
- MFHs total for
grantmaking since 2002 tops $200 million.
- MFHs largest single
grant - $11 million - enables 30,000
girls and women to receive the HPV
vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. The
effort ensures that all underserved,
underinsured and uninsured females in
Missouri can get the vaccine.
- MFH hosts its fourth
Health Summit, entitled "The
Intersection of Health and
Health Promotion Specialist
Drew Deardorff graduated from
Missouri Southern State University with a
bachelors in communication and continues to
serve his community through the CASE program. He
has traveled internationally through a study
abroad program and has internship experience in
advertising. His main objective with CASE is to
establish and promote educational programs about
the hazards of secondhand smoke for the
university and the community of Joplin.
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Tom & Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
I know you dont like old
Beetles, but I own one, and I love it! I work for
a federal agency where everyone drives brown and
gray vehicles. When I walk into the parking lot,
I smile at my little yellow flower amid all the
potatoes, and greet her: Buttercup! My question
is: Why the heck dont carmakers offer an
oil gauge that works like a gas gauge, and tells
you what your oil level is? Thanks! - Vickie
RAY: It would be a handy thing
to have, Vickie. Some cars, in fact, have it.
TOM: ALL modern cars warn you
when your oil PRESSURE is dangerously low. But
not all of them tell when your oil LEVEL is
RAY: We do know of a number of
cars that alert the driver when the engines
oil level is low. Weve seen it on a lot of
GM products over the years, and on a handful of
Fords, as far back as the late 80s. All
volkswagons now have it, as do BMW and Mercedes
has eliminated the dipstick!
TOM: I think they figure that
if you own a Mercedes, it would be unseemly to
have you standing out on your frozen driveway in
the morning, in your pajama bottoms, pawing
around for a greasy dipstick.
RAY: Its not a difficult
thing to do. This type of device almost certainly
has saved some engines. So I suspect - and hope -
that it will become a standard feature.
TOM: Yeah, as soon as they all
can overcome the vehement opposition of the World
Assoc. of Dipstick Manufacturers.