This document is the first of three, concerning a so-called "smoking initiative" presented to the California public by the tobacco lobby. It is part of our EXAMPLES IN THE ART OF COMPLAINING book.
I never received any reply to this letter one way or the other. So I went public...(see letters two and three.)
I have no idea who the "Donna M." it is addressed to is, they wouldn't supply last names. Very strange. Be sure to see parts two and three for a more complete picture.
Californians for Statewide Smoking Restrictions
P.O. Box 41436
Sacramento CA 95841-9815
April 2nd, 1994
Dear Ms Donna M.:
I am writing you this letter to inform you that I am unable to endorse or sign your petition. It is not anything like what I expected when I said on the phone to your caller that I would sign an anti-smoking petition.
I feel that the regulations as proposed are absurdly weak but worse than that, they preempt local efforts to enact truly effective anti-smoking regulations. What is the purpose of that?
Is it wrong for a city to ban smoking entirely in restaurants, for example--which is the only truly effective way to stop second-hand smoke pollution, and is the only way to allow restaurants that truly want to be non-smoking to compete?
I respectfully request information about who is funding your organization and when it was formed, etc. What is the exact name of the group and who are the principals? Perhaps with this information I will be better able to endorse your plan-but I doubt it.
I await your reply.
The Animated Software Company
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