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Man Gets Three Tickets For Smoking Alone In His SUV

| by Michael Allen

Harry Kraemer received three tickets for smoking alone in his Porsche SUV in London, Ontario, Canada, in the fall of 2016.

The 76-year-old smoker was cited for failing to have a no-smoking sign in his vehicle, smoking in an enclosed workplace, and not properly supervising a workplace, notes the National Post.

Kraemer was charged because his vehicle is registered to Sparkles Cleaning Service, the company he owns.

The smoking laws ban puffing away in enclosed public places and workplaces, outdoor patios, vehicles that kids ride inside and other areas.

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"This is my personal car that I drive from home to work and from work to home," Kraemer said.

The three workplace smoking infractions dismissed by the Provincial Offences Court.

"The justice of the peace said, 'I haven’t heard one shred of evidence that that car was ever used for business for Sparkles,'" he said.

Kraemer also got cited for smoking in 2016 in his second-floor office, where he keeps the window open, door closed and a fan working.

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"There’s no smoke that ever goes down to where the employees are," Kraemer stated.

Kraemer got caught on a routine inspection when an enforcement officer found an ashtray and a cigarette butt; Kraemer was hit with two tickets that each had a $350 fine.

"I was annoyed. Isn’t one ticket enough?" Kraemer recalled. "I verbally told him to get the hell out of my office and I said some very nasty things maybe, I don’t know."

Kraemer said the enforcement officer told him: "We’ll be back."

After Kraemer paid the fines, he was cited for the SUV incident.

"The purpose of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act is to protect people from the harmful exposure to second-hand smoke at work," Linda Stobo, program manager for the chronic disease prevention and tobacco control team at the Middlesex-London Health Unit, told the National Post.

Kraemer has found some value in the laws, but said: "I find some of the smoke police are overzealous as we found in this case. Very soon, they’ll keep coming and coming and coming at us and pretty soon we can’t have a smoke except in the middle of some farmer’s field."

According to Radio Canada International, a long-haul semitrailer driver was cited on a Canadian highway with a $305 ticket for smoking in a workplace.

Another trucker got cited in 2007 for the same infraction, and the company was liable for a fine up to $10,000. When the case went to the Ontario Superior Court, the charge was dropped.

Sources: National PostRadio Canada International / Photo credit: Lindsay Fox/EcigaretteReviewed.com/Wikimedia Commons

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