Clearing the air on smoking facts surrounding Nov. 4 ballot issue |

Clearing the air on smoking facts surrounding Nov. 4 ballot issue

Jason Luchtefeld, DMD - Co-chair, Smoke Free Summit

The Sept. 19 Summit Daily News reported on the Smoke Free Summit presentation to the Dillon Town Council describing the results of a countywide survey on the ballot issue to prohibit smoking in all enclosed public spaces.

There are two corrections to this article.

First, the article mentions that the survey “found 48 percent of Summit County residents supported an ordinance restricting smoking in all enclosed public spaces.”

Actually 49 percent of Dillon residents (and 45 percent of the county) strongly supported such an ordinance. An additional 20 percent (19 percent in the county) somewhat supported such an ordinance, for a total of 69 percent (64 percent county) who supported this measure. Only 21 percent strongly opposed it.

Last week’s SDN Web site poll asking the same question received 372 responses with a 4:1 ratio in favor of passing this measure on Nov. 4.

Also, Councilman Jim Dover is quoted as saying “I don’t think we should turn around and outlaw it for people who smoke.”

We must all be very clear that it is not the intention of Smoke Free Summit to outlaw smoking; this is an individual choice. We simply want to prohibit poisoning of the air others are forced to breathe in enclosed public spaces.

Smokers who wish to indulge are free to step outside, as they already do at smoke-free establishments.

Jason Luchtefeld, DMD

Co-chair, Smoke Free Summit

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