Speak Out: Moorestown's Anti-Smoking Ordinance

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Smoking Ordinance Open Letter To The Public

As stated at Town Council meeting on 04/08/2014 and available for review on video format at Open Doors Moorestown NJ Facebook, Twitter, You Tube ). 

I have never before been aware of how intelligent and insightful Mayor Chiacchio is. As a citizen, I proposed a city ordinance that would ban smoking in public spaces and events in town. I informed Mayor Chiacchio of the serious, chronic lung disease that afflicts my daughter.

Night after night I hear the groan of the oxygen-generating machine that she must utilize to sustain her. I also stated that to the Mayor that she likes to attend sporting and public events here in Town, but only when she can muster her strength. The mayor stated that he can “ see no problem “ when I illustrated how second hand smoke impacts her quality of life.

He then stated flatly said No in support of the anti smoking ordinance. There is no cure for this disease. All those years that I witnessed her decline, I prayed for some help, even small, to improve her quality of life. All along she didn’t need it – as per Mayor Chiacchio. What do I as a parent know? What do the doctors know?

According to the Mayor, smoking has no major impact on her quality of life.  He never met my daughter. He has no personal clue what afflicts her. Yet, HE KNOWS. The smoking ban would not cost this town a single penny, but it would be priceless to me and more importantly my daughter and her quality of life. God bless you Mayor Chiacchio!!


Bob Zieniuk

Mayor Pinachio April 15, 2014 at 08:38 AM
Maybe we can have a ban on ignorance and people who delete other people's comments because they do not like what they hear or it hurts their feelings.
Mayor Pinachio April 15, 2014 at 09:10 AM
@SteveS why do you keep deleting my comments? I am agreeing with you, I just think you should bring the peanut ban up at the next council meeting. I also think you should include all other allergens like trees, grass, flowers, mold maybe even a bumble bee ban? Don't lose too much sleep on this SteveS, with all your ideas maybe you could help us solve our school budget problems without having to rent ad space on the backs of our kids
Bella Pelosi April 15, 2014 at 02:27 PM
How does everyone feel about smoking marijuana at the parks?
Bill April 16, 2014 at 06:58 PM
How fat does the nanny go? While outdoors, can a coach smoke freely in the field at a ball game ? Can a jogger be free to smoke a cigarette during the 8k run? Should we prohibit a biker from smoking a pipe through town? What if grandma wants to smoke a cigar at the grand opening ceremonies of the new town hall? So you want personal freedoms taken away? I guess I understand indoors because of it being stagnant with dense health concerns or whatever . But lets "clear the air" and think about our freedoms first
Bella Pelosi April 16, 2014 at 09:07 PM
Poor Bill is confused. We ban things all the time. Why can't we drink some tequila at the parks? You better get your story straight on this one before the election


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