K. Jane Adcock,
Partnership for a Healthier Johnson County tobacco coalition
To the editor:
Recently a proposal to enact a countywide smoking ban was presented to the Johnson County commissioners and unanimously approved. Since that time, there has been some concern for the lack of input by area citizens.
Franklin enacted a comprehensive ban several years ago, and Greenwood has a ban impacting most workplaces, and recently the Greenwood City Council had the foresight to broaden the ban to city parks, festivals and city government property.
With Franklin’s and Greenwood’s city government already on board, the residents in these cities have given their approval to this issue. Residents outside these cities continue to work, eat and play in facilities which contain secondhand smoke and the dangerous effects from this noxious substance.
Without boring readers with the multitude of studies and research about the effects of secondhand smoke, all the evidence proves that constant exposure increases heart and lung disease, pregnancy and childbirth difficulties, migraines and many other medical issues too numerous to mention.
These facts alone and the many deaths and diseases that secondhand smoke has caused should give our commissioners enough input to make passing this ban not only necessary but immediate.
Everyday people put their lives on the line in this county by working in businesses that still allow smoking. Why, as many often ask, don’t they work somewhere else if the smoke of customers is so abhorrent? Have any you of tried to find a job to support children and your mortgage in this economy?
Yes, we can choose not to frequent these businesses, but the workers who depend on the salaries provided cannot. All studies demonstrate that smoking bans do not decrease business but in fact often increase it, and the costs of health care insurance for businesses with smoking bans decrease as well.
Isn’t it time to bring Johnson County in step with the rest of the communities who have made their citizens’ health a high priority? I sincerely hope that the commissioners will vote at their next meeting to make this county safer for all of its citizens by passing the countywide smoking ban.