Smoking in Public Places 1972 General Resolution

WHEREAS, we stand ready to support the maximum possible freedom for each individual; and

WHEREAS, we are committed to support individuals who are subjected to unfair assault by others; and

WHEREAS, we support the right and freedom of any person made aware of the hazards to his personal health to smoke tobacco; and

WHEREAS, we are aware of the fact that the adverse effect of smoking is not limited to the smoker, but extends to the non-smoker whose atmosphere is polluted by the smoke; and

WHEREAS, the severity of this effect on the non-smoker has been recognized by both the Surgeon General of the United States and the World Health Organization; and

WHEREAS, the World Health Organization has therefore called for the banning of smoking from all places of public meeting;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the UUA call for the banning of smoking from all closed places of public meeting, and that further, a public information program be undertaken by the denomination to make smokers aware of the physical harm done to their friends by their actions; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That all meetings of the UUA allow time breaks of reasonable length to allow tobacco smokers to leave the place of the meeting to go out and smoke if they have a compelling need to do so.