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Considering Summit’s record, smoking poll is not a surprise

From domestic partners benefits for all Summit County government employees to exploring bio-diesel hybrid buses in Breckenridge; from Summit Recycling Project recently expanded to accept used wood products to ongoing informative articles on helpful ways to deal with waste; from Maureen Keefe at Winds of Change offering free open-house talks by informed speakers on health to alternative practices for enhanced living; from Andy Held’s Voice Space to Colorado Mountain College campuses in Dillon and Breckenridge – opportunities for learning and free expression of ideas are available to everyone.

Through all of this, Summit County is proving to be proactive and

forward-thinking. Summit Housing Authority is supporting affordable housing.



In addition to that, a new group called C.A.S.A.S. has been formed to provide not only affordable housing, but sustainable housing as well.

This county of Summit is building momentum that is exciting to observe.



One current affair has been the ongoing debate regarding the smoke-free issue in all restaurants and bars here in Summit County.

The Summit Daily News published an independent survey on Monday showing all communities in Summit County are overwhelmingly in support of going smoke-free.

This comes as no surprise to those who have been following this matter in the state, county and worldwide.

Simply put, it is a public health issue, a work place health matter, and a good way to protect the health and the future of our children.

Smokers adapt, restaurants and bars adjust and no one loses. No one, that is, except the tobacco companies because every time a town goes smoke-free, more adult smokers quit and less of our youth begin smoking.

Thanks to this survey, we now have a documented pulse-rate of what the citizens of Summit County want.

It’s now up to County Commissioners Tom Long and Bill Wallace to join Commissioner Gary Lindstrom in support of the smoke-free effort. It’s also up to the respective town councils and the restaurant associations to digest this information and properly represent the people of Summit County.

There is an urgency about this issue that goes beyond the health of our workers, our families and our children.

That is this: With more and more communities going smoke-free, future businesses and tourists have more options. Not only is Summit County risking its progressive reputation, but it is also jeopardizing its economy the longer action is delayed.

The majority of the public is nonsmoking, and people have been tolerant for a long time. They may very easily start their business, their new families or spend their tourist dollars elsewhere while Summit County watches from behind a smoke screen.


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