Show we care, ban smoking

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By The Staff

Campbellsville has a great opportunity with the smoke-free restaurant ordinance. We have the chance to level the playing field for our hospitality employees.

By making all restaurants 100 percent smoke-free, we can offer both our restaurant workers and patrons the same clean air found in many of Campbellsville office buildings. In order to do this, we must recognize that enclosed smoking rooms with separate ventilation do not work.

The 2006 U.S. Surgeon General's Report, "The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Secondhand Smoke," has concluded that separating smokers from nonsmokers, air cleaning technologies and ventilating buildings cannot eliminate secondhand smoke exposure.

The report also states that conventional air cleaning systems cannot remove all the poisons, toxins, gases and particles found in secondhand smoke. Additionally, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems can distribute secondhand smoke throughout a building. In addition, workers are forced to enter these enclosed smoking rooms to serve patrons and clean up.

Let's show we care more about the health and welfare of our workers than we do about the "right" to poison the air others breathe.

Karen Hayes, Coordinator

Campbellsville/Taylor County

Anti-Drug Coalition