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Re: Smoking on the grounds of a public star party

Subject: Re: Smoking on the grounds of a public star party
From: "Dennis Woos"
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 13:08:57 -0500
Newsgroups: sci.astro.amateur
"Dave Jessie" <DJesSHOESsie@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message 
> OK, I admit I haven't been to any of the major observing events that take 
> place annually around the country, or else I'd already know the answer to 
> this question.  Perhaps some will remember a similar question I posed a 
> couple years ago about this matter.  Anyhow, here goes...
> What's the rules regarding smoking on the grounds where folks have set up 
> equipment?  Our 57 year old astronomy club is, once again, arguing about 
> this - well, some members are.
> We FINALLY posted 'No Smoking' signs in our observatory after much heated 
> debate - and lost some members over it.  The rest of us are relieved to be 
> out of the smoke, I assure you.
> Is it the general rule that there's NO SMOKING anywhere on the grounds of 
> an observing event??
> Clear Dark Steady Skies,
> Dave Jessie

You know, I never noticed before but our club doesn't have any members that 
smoke while observing, or at least that I have ever seen.  Smoking is 
definitely something that has died out, at least among folks that I know. 
It must be brutal to be a smoker, as second-hand smoke and smoke odor is 
simply unacceptable to a lot of people - especially ex-smokers.


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