Smokers near Saint Joe's Hospital say the idea is a bunch of hot air. Michael VanGorden says, "You know smoke evaporates what, 10 feet in the air? What damage is that gonna do?" William Plumley says, "I think they just should have a better smoking hut, have an exhaust port going out somewhere, maybe something that goes further away from the building up to the roof or something like that."
Onondaga County Legislator Tom Buckel proposed the measure. As far as enforcing the law, Buckel says, "Well the reality is, with this type of statute on the books, I believe people are going to voluntarily respect it. People want to obey the law."
Buckel says he wants the proposal passed in time to put in place by the time Upstate opens its Children's Hospital this fall.