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THE SMOKE POLICE: Ontario Man Gets 3 Tickets For Having Cigarette Alone in His Car

by Jane Sims, National Post:

Harry Kraemer knows darn well that smoking isn’t good for you but it’s a 60-year habit he doesn’t want to break.

The 76-year-old owner of Sparkles Cleaning Service is a healthy guy who loves a puff or two when he’s alone, sometimes at home with the windows open in his rec room or in his Porsche SUV, minding his own business and away from others who could breathe in his second-hand fumes.

What he doesn’t like are those he calls “the smoke police,” the Smoke-Free Ontario enforcement officers who he believes have placed a no-smoking sign as a target on his back.

The provincial anti-smoking laws set out stringent rules banning smoking in enclosed workplaces, enclosed public places, outdoor patios and vehicles where children are passengers and other spaces to protect people from second-hand smoke.

But Kraemer scored one for the Marlboro Man last week when he had three workplace smoking infractions dismissed at Provincial Offences Court.

Kraemer was slapped with the charges last fall for lighting up inside his luxury SUV in a parking lot at Baseline and Wellington roads, just after he’s bought a doughnut and coffee from Tim Hortons.

The vehicle’s ownership is registered to Sparkles and the argument was it is a workplace vehicle. Kraemer said it is for his personal use.

“This is my personal car that I drive from home to work and from work to home,” he said.

“The justice of the peace said, ‘I haven’t heard one shred of evidence that that car was ever used for business for Sparkles,’” said the victorious Kraemer.

To back up a little bit, Kraemer has already paid financial penalties for his bad habit and likely ruffled the feathers of the anti-smoking authorities.

About a year ago, an enforcement officer came to his business on Wellington Road for a routine check. Kraemer said he tended to smoke in his second-floor office away from the rest of the business with the door closed, the window open and a fan blowing.

Pretty soon we can’t have a smoke except in the middle of some farmer’s field

“There’s no smoke that ever goes down to where the employees are,” he said.

Kraemer said the officer came into his office and opened a desk drawer to discover an ash tray and a butted out cigarette. He issued two tickets to Kraemer, each carrying a $350 fine.

That didn’t go over well with Kraemer. “I was annoyed. Isn’t one ticket enough?”

Kraemer had some words with the officer and told him to leave. “I verbally told him to get the hell out of my office and I said some very nasty things maybe, I don’t know.”

The officer, Kraemer said, told him, “We’ll be back.”

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1 comment to THE SMOKE POLICE: Ontario Man Gets 3 Tickets For Having Cigarette Alone in His Car

  • Bob

    As annoying as the Big Brother aspect of this story is the thought that my tax dollars are going to pay GD smoke police. This being Canada, they’re probably sucking out a hundred grand a year each from the taxpayer tit. What next?

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