I am a concerned citizen and member of the community who would like to see the city become smoke-free in all establishments.
I have a personal connection to this. I lost 25 percent of my lung capacity from secondhand smoke exposure working in bars and restaurants while I was in college. Many college students work in these establishments because the hours are flexible enough to work around their busy school schedules.
Others in the community would love to have the chance to visit some of the great bars we have in our town but just can’t because of health concerns, or just the fact that they don’t want to deal with all the smoke.
I urge the city leaders to make our city’s bars smoke-free to give everyone a chance at having a more healthy environment to work in and enjoy as a patron. One never goes wrong working to protect the health and safety of all the citizens of their community.