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MAPP ANNOUNCES OPERATION ‘LESS FREEDOM’: In Time For Xmas, Governor Vows He Will Personally Crack Down On Cigarette Smokers In The Territory

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THE MAPPSTER: Red-eyed and bushy-tailed at his inauguration in 2015 from overindulgence.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s not-so-subtle ‘war’ on Caucasian people continues …

This time the “honorable” governor (who introduced legislation when he was in the Senate demanding that Senators and Governors be officially called “honorable”) is telling white Continental people they can smoke cigarettes at home — or out of the territory — by leaving.

The Mapp-Potter administration announced on the eve of Christmas Eve — that it is cracking down on smoking inside public places.

Government House said on Friday that it will start dispatching health authorities to businesses and anyone caught breaking the law will face fines ranging from $200 to $500. If you would like to quit smoking then you may want some products to help you, you can have a look at sites such as Grasscity, which has loads of products for sale to help you.

They also said businesses without “No Smoking” signs will be fined at least $1,000. This may deter people towards vaping, as this is a much more accepted form of smoking and is also healthier for you as its a lot less damaging to your lungs. They also come in many different flavours which can be found at Gourmet E Liquid, or at many other shops and websites convenient to you.

The announcement comes as the territory prepares for the holiday and carnival season.

Mapp has been rumored to be on a serious drinking bender; his friends say that he is not awake and alert from drinking the night before until 3 to 6 p.m. daily — there are no Government House functions regularly scheduled for the early morning hours — and when they are scheduled, the inebriated chief executive shows up late — or not at all.

The Virgin Islands approved a smoking ban in 2011 that prohibits smoking inside public places and within 20 feet (6 meters) of those areas.

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  1. Linda Camacho
    December 24, 2016 at 4:19 PM — Reply

    $1000 for not having a sign? that’s ridiculous. I believe that most residents are aware of the smoking restrictions and are careful to adhere to them, and if someone does light up, a quiet word usually would take care of it. Off course, there are establishments that will have a sign, but next, the governor will decide the signs are too small and that they should read, “Governor Mapp decrees NO SMOKING!”

  2. Eric
    December 25, 2016 at 9:01 AM — Reply

    Like a clueless little dictator.

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