People should know second-hand smoke harms restaurant and bar workers |

People should know second-hand smoke harms restaurant and bar workers

While I appreciate Jim Cowles’ March 27 letter “Anti-smoker bothered about mandates to stop smoking in bars and restaurants,” I would like to address several issues.

First of all, I have found that not all Summit County citizens know the dangers of second-hand smoke. I have asked several people in the last couple of months, and many are unaware of the harmful effects. For instance, an employee who works one shift in a smoke-filled bar can breathe the equivalent of smoking one and half to two packs of cigarettes.

I believe this is a public health issue, and employees should be protected from a dangerous work environment. Bar and restaurant owners need to understand fully the hazards of second-hand smoke and consider most of all the health and well-being of their employees, customers and the owners, themselves.

I know that when communities have enacted smoke-free policies, there is always a concern about what the law will do to the economy of a business. In fact, economic studies of smoke-free restaurants in cities and towns of Colorado and throughout the country indicate that revenues remain stable. In some cases, an increase in business was noted.

There is a meeting today for people who support a SmokeFree Summit. The meeting is being held 7-9 p.m. at the smoke-free Backcountry Brewery on the corner of Highway 9 and Main Street in Frisco.

If you would like more information about SmokeFree Summit or would like to get more facts regarding second-hand smoke, please visit our Web site at

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