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Native Brief: WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA - Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly today vetoed the Navajo Nation Smoking Regulation Act of 2011, passed during the summer session of the Navajo Nation Council.
"Today, I am overturning the Council's decision based on seven outlined areas stated in my letter to the Council," said President Ben Shelly as he vetoed CJY-29-11.
"I ran on a platform of health, education, economic prosperity, open government and technology. I re-pledge my commitment to protect our Navajo People from cancer or diseases caused by exposure to secondhand smoke or tobacco use. All partners such as Navajo Division of Health, Division of Public Safety, Judicial Branch, and the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise should work together to draft a bill that considers a 'healthy lifestyle for the Navajo people.' The passage of this legislation does not adequately address any given employees who are subjected to a smoking workplace environment."
President Shelly's justification letter to the Council included the following issues regarding economic loss, designated non-smoking sections, Reasonable Distance Subsection 426, Under Section 2 Findings, enforcement, and ceremonial and traditional tobacco use. Listed below are the excerpts from the letter:
In April, the president signed executive order 02-2011, protecting employees and the public from exposure to all commercial tobacco products in the workplaces and public places. On May 31, he strengthened his pledge to health and wellness of the Navajo people and directed the Division of Health to work on developing legislation to support his executive order, which coincided with the Navajo Nation Commercial Tobacco Free Day of 2011.
posted August 9, 2011 6:00 am edt
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I AM TRYING TO QUIT
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I MYSELF AM A SMOKER. I THINK THAT IF LAWS WOULD TIGHTEN UP AND MAKE IT HARDER TO SMOKE AROUND CHILDREN, IN PARKS, IN PUBLIC ETC, WOULD BE A HARD THING...
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