who run in Florida have wondered, ever since the state banned
virtually all smoking in the workplace, whether the occasional
puff in the truck cab is still OK.
after careful research and consultation with experts about whether
the practice is still legal, officials at the Florida Department
of Health finally have an answer.
can’t say. In fact, they don’t plan to.
don’t think we’re going to address that,” Donna Arnold, a program
specialist at the state, said.
said she had posed the question to her department’s legal section
and to the drafters of the anti-smoking amendment – including
the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association
and the American Cancer Society.
told me that was an issue that we knew was going to give us some
problems,” she said. The groups told her “we tried to address
it, and then decided we weren’t going to address it at all.”
good news: That means for all practical purposes, truckers are
– at least for now – able to continue to smoke in their cabs without
any legal problems.
just about everywhere else truckers go - every restaurant, truckstop
or repair shop – drivers still cannot light up.
new regulations, approved by 71 percent of Florida voters in November
2002, call for a $100 fine for the first offense. Repeat puffers
could burn up to $500 in fines, and penalties for businesses start
Mark H. Reddig, associate editor
Reddig can be reached at email@example.com.