St. Paul Saints' mandatory smoking section

  • Article by: J.P. Getty
  • Updated: May 22, 2013 - 8:35 PM

Midway Stadium’s ‘Smoking Gulag,’ plus hefty new state taxes, puts smokers like me in our place.

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ottlukkMay. 22, 1310:44 PM

Really amazing how a $1.60 per pack sounds so cheap. How about $16.00 per carton? Why does Gov Dayton think these proceeds should flow to a billionaire, instead of the needs of the taxpayers of this state? Governor E-Pulltab knew he was conning the taxpayers. What us really disgusting is that not a single legislator had the courage to rescind the stadium bill, even after they knew they had been conned. Bunch of cowards.

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guernzMay. 23, 13 7:06 AM

Boo Hoo! You don't get to pollute our air....

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ffedericoMay. 23, 13 8:14 AM

It would be interesting to know how the legislature projected how much revenue they would get from the new cigarette tax. Did they simply take present sales volume of tobacco and estimate tax revenues from that? If so they're saying that the tax will have no effect. In reality some people will quit or decrease consumption but more will go to the black market or on-line purchases. It's like Prohibition all over again.

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Don9539May. 23, 13 8:34 AM

It is tyranny of the majority. If tobacco is so bad have the political will to ban its use.

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elmore1May. 23, 13 8:49 AM

I can see Halsey Hall with his big stogie watching the Saints in center field.

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windigolakeMay. 23, 13 9:30 AM

Don9539: "It is tyranny of the majority. If tobacco is so bad have the political will to ban its use." Tobacco use is that bad. It drives up the cost of health care for everyone. But the tobacco lobby is almost as powerful as the gun manufacturers' lobby. But by restricting the use of tobacco to places where it will not cause cancer to non-smokers, smokers can continue to smoke without affecting non-smokers. It's a sensible solution given the political landscape.

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scubadoo68May. 23, 13 9:51 AM

windigolake - "But by restricting the use of tobacco to places where it will not cause cancer to non-smokers, smokers can continue to smoke without affecting non-smokers. It's a sensible solution given the political landscape." I agree completely, but it's possible to have areas for smokers in the stadium where it doesn't affect non-smokers.

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imperatorgMay. 23, 13 9:51 AM

As I recall, Halsey once accidentally started a fire with his cigar in the broadcast booth. The dangers of smoking are many.

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Mark27May. 23, 1310:17 AM

To whoever is reviewing comments, I have submitted a very important comment to this thread repeatedly that I think desperately needs to be heard. I cannot for the life of me understand why it is repeatedly rejected. I'm gonna post it again and I strongly recommend you put it up this time.

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Mark27May. 23, 1310:18 AM

This is a very strange editorial. I'm not familiar with Midway Stadium or perhaps I'd understand the context, but it's frustrating that the only editorials we ever get on smoking are lighthearted soliloquies on the complete loss of freedom and being branded social pariahs. I fail to see the humor in any of this. The example we set for our children by dehumanizing a group of law-abiding citizens to this degree--especially when we're talking about a group that is already living on the demographic edges--is a far worse example than is set for our children simply seeing somebody smoking a cigarette. I'm awaiting the time when somebody unstable sees somebody smoking on the sidewalk and assault them, perhaps fatally, arguing that this smoker was endangering their lives by exposing them to secondhand smoke. Even if nothing quite this dramatic occurs, the active encouragement of cruelty and bullying towards the "freaks and geeks" is a truly disgusting trend in America, and that fact that the biggest cheerleaders for it are those most likely to proclaim themselves "tolerant" makes it all the more troubling.

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