Huffington Post: Jerry Reiss for Nobel Prize

May 30, 2013

cigsIn a Huffington Post story about World No Tobacco Day, May 31, the author suggests former San Luis Obispo City Councilman Jerry Reiss for the next Nobel Peace Prize:

In 1990, Reiss was the councilman who first proposed the ban against smoking in any indoor public area in the city. San Luis Obispo was the first city in the world to have such a policy.

The consequences of the smoking ban include people quitting smoking and decreasing exposure to second-hand smoke for nonsmokers. Since 1990, the lung cancer death rate has sharply decreased.

“The smoking ban seemed so simple and logical at the time,” Reiss told the Huffington Post. “I never imagined it would assume such prominence. Seldom does one have the opportunity to positively influence the health and wellbeing of so many.”


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Cigarettes are bad…very bad. Did you know that when nicotine enters the blood stream it actually bonds plaque together. It acts like glue, sticking arteries closed. Scary stuff. I believe cigarettes are so dangerous that If cigarettes were nontaxable… they would be illegal.

I think it’s rotten forcing people to stop smoking because the general public believes all the crap about smoking. I quit in 2010 after smoking for 54 years, 3 & 4 packs a day. I love to smoke. So far no ill affects that anyone can find. If I had the money I would smoke again. I miss all the people standing around the corner smoking. My grandma was 94 when shw died. She fell in the bathroom and broke her hip. She was most likely reaching for a smoke. God Bless her.

People that don’t smoke aren’t real to me. Alot like people that eat health food thinking they are cured! Everyone should be able to smoke where ever they want. Like the old days. Those were great times.

You non-smokers will never know the full feelings of enjoyment smokers get when they light up. I use to think that I was in heaven everytime I exhaled, Nothing like it!

You may think you know cause you smoked way back, but got smart and quit. No, you have no idea.


Spirit Drained,

BLASPHEME! You uphold smoking, and call yourself a Christian? Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of God?

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Do you think it proper to pollute your body which is the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit? 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 clearly teaches it is sinful to harm our bodies, like a hell bound smoker does.

Smoking is sin, because smoking is addictive. The Bible say in Ephesians 5:18 “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” In other words, let the Holy Spirit control your actions and life. Smoking is an addition that takes control of our lives away from us.

Your alleged Christian faith is all in vain.

I gotta say, giving this guy the Nobel Peace Prize for something he actually did (agree with it or not) would be better than the one our current president got for doing absolutely nothing for it at the time he received it.


Yeah, even Barack Obama agreed that he shouldn’t have received the Nobel Peace Prize award when he did. It was too early. But, he had nothing to do with it as we all know as fact.

Barack Obama quote: “I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many transformative figures that have been honored by this prize,” he said. “I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations to confront the challenges of the 21st century.”

Subsequently, Obama has gotten us out of the fraudulent wars that Bush had gotten us into, therefore saving lives and gaining back our respect as a nation. Furthermore, Obama is using precise methods to take out our adversaries, instead of the male anatomy contest that “W” imposed through invading sovereign nations through deceit with all of our armed forces with a great loss of life.

With “W” tanking our economy, and the fraudulent wars that he enacted, it is beyond reason how he can sleep at night.

My point here is that I have no respect for the Nobel Prize. It seems that they just hand out this “Prize” willy nilly these days. I don’t mean disrespect to those who have been awarded the prize. I don’t like Obama but I am no fan of George Bush either Ted.

I will wait for another thread to comment on how I think the politicians and big financial and extremists on both sides of the fence are destroying this country as I grew up to know it.

As a non-smoker for all my life and a 40 year resident of San Luis Obispo, I agree with the sentiment about Jerry Reiss being nominated for a Nobel Peace prize for his proposing the smoking ban. So many decried the proposed smoking ban as going to negatively impacting business (restaurants, bars, etc.) and they were completely wrong. Soon after the ban was in place, I remember visiting my parents some 140 miles away in California and going out to eat; we were placed in the “non-smoking” area and when someone in the smoking area lit up about twenty feet away, I noticed it immediately, and of course, the smoke didn’t respect the invisible line between the smoking and non-smoking section. I was proud of our city council when the smoking ban was passed, and I also respect the thinking and commitment it took to also pass the ban on drive-thoughs; both very forward thinking solutions. I wonder how the two current candidates for city council would have voted on both issues had they been in office when those discussions and votes came up …

If Obama can get a Nobel prize for not doing anything at all, Jerry should be a slam dunk…