Letter: County smoking ban matter of good health


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K. Jane Adcock,

chairwoman,

Partnership for a Healthier Johnson County tobacco coalition

Greenwood

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.

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