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Breatheasy Augusta launches education campaign to continue fight for tougher smoke-free ordinance

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About 20 people gathered Thursday around a Breatheasy Augusta banner outside Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building to launch an education campaign and vow to fight for a stronger smoke-free ordinance.

Among them was Augusta Commission member Corey Johnson, who said he would like to bring the failed ordinance back for a vote, possibly in September or October.

Johnson said he wants to “help make Augusta a healthy place to play, work and live.”

Faced with colleagues who voted against it as a government intrusion into business, Johnson said, “It’s going to be tough.” It might be offered as a referendum for voters to decide, he said.

Health advocates from the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and public health are part of the coalition, which plans to start a Facebook page, launch a Web site and hold community events, said Eric Bailey, the Georgia director of grass-roots advocacy for the American Cancer Society.

The group will also take information directly to bars and restaurants and get the public involved, he said.

For instance, the group points to much higher lung cancer death rates in Richmond County and in the East Central Health District, compared with the state rate, as evidence the area is suffering the consequences.

Those looking for a stronger ordinance are not going to give up, said Dr. Terrence Cook, an Augusta allergist and a former chairman of the Richmond County Board of Health.

“We will be back and we will be back until it happens,” he said.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/22/12 - 03:03 pm
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We need an ordinance that

We need an ordinance that says No Means No! The commission voted against the total smoking ban. They should not be allowed to bring it back up again for at least two years.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/22/12 - 03:33 pm
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:-)

:-)

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/22/12 - 08:30 pm
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MYOB, big government, nanny

MYOB, big government, nanny state interfering hippies!

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/22/12 - 05:46 pm
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Wow a whole 20. Get a life
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Wow a whole 20. Get a life people and you wouldn't be so involved in everyone else's. Your priorities are soooo mixed up! I wish all the advocates names were published as well as their businesses and positions they hold.

Mr. Cook must be a very generous man. I would assume he offers his services for free to those without health insurance and/or without the ability to pay. If not, hes a hypocrite to spend his time taking away the freedom of a business owner to choose to who he caters to rather than offering a way for people who are plagued by severe allergies through no fault of their own to live a healthier life. Which is time better spent? Forcing those who do not wish to conform or helping those handicapped by no fault of their own. Visiting a smoking establishment is 100% the fault of the grown adult who chooses to go there instead of the many other options they have. So you want to "help" adults who make bad decisions by forcing others to cater to them, but I do not see the part where you offer free services to "help" those who had no choice in the matter of their allergies.

Pu239
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Pu239 03/22/12 - 06:43 pm
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What was it that Forest
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What was it that Forest Gumpp's mama used to say?

deadline
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deadline 03/22/12 - 08:55 pm
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I stopped going to one of my

I stopped going to one of my favorite bars downtown because of the amount of smoke...but it was my choice, and it can be yours too. We don't need govt interfering with a business' choice.

debbiep38
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debbiep38 03/22/12 - 10:22 pm
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The same people calling for a
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The same people calling for a smoking ban are the same people who will jog down Broad Street in their fancy little polyester suits and suck down exhaust fumes at 120 heartbeats a minute.

david jennings
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david jennings 03/23/12 - 03:08 am
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Our leaders should outlaw

Our leaders should outlaw tobacco, alchohol, automobiles, sugar, potatos, white flour, fried foods, bacon, sausage, pasta, anything unhealthy. No more burgers, fries or buffets. Anyone caught outside without at least a dust mask should be fined 1st. offense(especially this time of year). Only filtered water, no more sodas. Mandate strict adherance to weight limits. The law could be fine tuned as we progress.

Techfan
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Techfan 03/23/12 - 05:31 am
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"the group points to much

"the group points to much higher lung cancer death rates in Richmond County and in the East Central Health District" http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/health/2010-04-28/pollution-lands-augu...

stillamazed
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stillamazed 03/23/12 - 07:12 am
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These people need to get a

These people need to get a life! Stay out of business owners business, they claim that 70% of Richmond County wants a ban, well I wonder how they came up with those numbers? Government has no business telling business owners how to run their businesses plain and simple even people who don't smoke should see the bigger picture here. No more government involment!!!!!!

stillamazed
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stillamazed 03/23/12 - 07:14 am
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By the way, if smoking is

By the way, if smoking is really so bad and killing so many people, ask yourself why the government doesn't just ban tobacco all together and make selling tobacco illegal just like pot? Ask yourself that!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/23/12 - 07:48 am
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Stillamazed, good question,

Stillamazed, good question, but never think the government is logical. They will keep taxing products and allowing products that will do you in until the point of dimishing returns has to be understood even by THEM.

Dudeness
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Dudeness 03/23/12 - 11:21 am
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I don't smoke and never have,

I don't smoke and never have, but no one should be able to make a private business ban smoking from their establishment. Corey appears to be trying to bully them into doing so, one way or another. Voters should not get to cast ballots to decide that government intrusion here is ok. If people want to "vote" on this issue, they can vote with their feet and wallets by going somewhere that does not allow smoking. If the business owner thinks he/she is losing too much business by allowing smoking, then they have the ability to make a change of their own choosing.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 03/23/12 - 12:07 pm
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I was trying to eat my lunch

I was trying to eat my lunch and this commercial came on showing this mans fingers and other things cut off. It showed the stubbs. I don't smoke and don't want to see your cut off body parts while I eat. Did tax payers pay for that junk?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/23/12 - 12:18 pm
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Those particular commercials

Those particular commercials are not that effective according to some research. The real targets are young people; older folks already know the risks and most are seriously addicted. Getting them to quit by telling them what they already know is folly.

Young people however, CAN be influenced before they start smoking, or before they get addicted beyond hope. The problem is that commercials like these don't reach them. They need to feel pressure from peers and their culture, not ours. They just look at the older people in those commercials and tune out. That is so far in their future that it is not compelling.

And yes, those are your tax dollars at work, courtesy of the CDC.

Grace422
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Grace422 03/23/12 - 04:34 pm
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debbiep, based on the pic it

debbiep, based on the pic it looks like the only thing they run are thier mouths...

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