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Cigarette Smoking Ban

Dear Island Gazette,

I know that by the time you receive my opinion on this situation of banning
cigarette smoking..or any other smoking on your beaches, your board would
have already voted.  As a yearly PAYING visitor to your lovely island, I
would like to tell you what so many others that spend their hard earned
money toward your economy would like to tell you..DON'T CUT YOUR NOSES OFF
TO SPITE YOUR FACES!!!!

I as many others do, spend almost two (2) thousand dollars on our rental
alone, not counting on enjoying your many eateries, amusements & local
shopping.  We do this as we enjoy our vacation time without having another
concerned citizens  group telling us what is/is not acceptable.

Yes, I am a smoker, (in fact the only one in my family), but there are
such of us that are courteous smokers as we don't smoke in restaurants,  in
our rental units, or in churches, and I have never seen a cigarette smoker
"blow ones smoke" in anothers face.  I pick up my "butts", as I have seen
many others do, only to take them to overflowing trash receptacles with any
other trash I see on my/your beach.

If your town chooses to enforce this ban, what is in the plans for future
bans?  Hopefully, they will include issuing citations on those who choose to
wear inappropriate swimwear..ie bikinis on those that weigh in 150lbs or
more (this goes for BOTH sexes!!), unsightly/vulgar tattoos, and
unruly/unsupervised children.

I am reminded of when my daughter was younger.her DARE teacher was
educating them on cigarette smoking, when Emily volunteered to the class
that her mother smoked cigarettes, another young child spoke up and stated
that "his mama smoked weed!!"  The teacher very calmly responded "Well, Mrs.
Gobble pays a very high tax to smoke her cigarettes, while your mama is just
paying the guy on the corner"!

Remember here Pleasure Island officials, what IS important to you, your
businesses, your local economy & if you have enough in your coffers to
afford to uphold this position.

Sincerely yours,
Melissa T.Gobble
Salisbury, North Carolina