In Saco, Maine, part-time firefighter Steven Delorge is protesting a new policy
that prohibits city employees from smoking at work. He's doing it not by walking
a picket line, but by standing outside his station for one hour every day, puffing
on a cigar.
That's meant to violate a law that took effect on Nov. 1. Whereas the city
previously banned employees from smoking indoors, the new law prohibits them
from smoking on city property altogether.
"They're trying to regulate personal behavior. That's where I think they've
gone too far," Delorge told a local newspaper, the Bangor Daily News. He
dismissed the idea that outdoor smoking harms anyone and called cigar smoking
"one of the top three things in my life."
Fire Chief Alden Murphy said he's not going to take Delorge to task over the
protest, noting that of Saco's 36 full-time firefighters, five smoke, and Delorge
has been the only person to object to the new policy.
"He wants to push the issue," Murphy told the Daily News. "I'm
not going to push the issue. I've got 99 percent compliance."