Organization effort on smoking issues begins with public meeting Feb. 27 |

Organization effort on smoking issues begins with public meeting Feb. 27

Several weeks ago, reporter Jane Stebbins wrote an article in the Summit Daily News about smoking bans in Colorado. As part of her article, she interviewed several local officials to see where Summit County stood on the issue.  

The comments indicated there was not a need for any public smoking regulations because citizens had not come to the town councils asking for changes.  

At a subsequent meeting of the Mayors, Managers and Commissioners, I challenged that assumption.  

The rest is history.  

People came out of the woodwork, either supporting or hating the idea of a smoking ban. Most felt it should occur, but government should not be involved.  

Many felt it should be voluntary and it was a political issue. The majority, in my opinion, wanted public smoking to end immediately. Regardless, the main point was the movement toward a smoking ban should be a citizen-led initiative and not something government forced on the community.  

Members of the Summit County Tobacco Coalition chose to become directly involved in this citizen initiative. This working task force, known as Smoke Free Summit, has been meeting for the past several weeks and now would like to invite everyone who supports a smoke free Summit to come to a meeting to get more involved.  

The meeting will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Summit County Community and Senior Center at the County Commons. We know that the support exists in the community and would like everyone who is interested in helping to come to this important meeting.  

For more information, e-mail, e-mail me at or call me at (970) 453-5298.

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