Keep pub­lic spa­ces smoke- free

The Denver Post - - NEWS - Re: Carol L. Goldstein, R. N.,

“Are smok­ing bans a trend in Colorado?,” Jan. 4 news story.

In John Aguilar’s ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle re­port­ing on the trend to ban out­door smok­ing, the is­sue of th­ese bans in­fring­ing on the rights of smok­ers was raised by two of the men in­ter­viewed. This is a tired, old and very mis­guided ar­gu­ment put forth by the tobacco in­dus­try and those who sup­port it.

Sec­ond­hand smoke is a known car­cino­gen. While smok­ers are free to smoke in places where no one is harmed by their ad­dic­tive be­hav­ior ( and it is an ad­dic­tion, not a habit), no one is free to en­gage in an ac­tiv­ity that is harm­ful to oth­ers.

Pub­lic spa­ces should be safe for ev­ery­one. That in­cludes preg­nant women, asth­matic chil­dren and older adults with pul­monary dis­ease. All pub­lic spa­ces should be smoke­free and I ap­plaud the cities in Colorado that have taken the step to pro­tect the health of the gen­eral pub­lic from tobacco.

As of Jan. 1, it is no longer le­gal to smoke in pub­lic ar­eas in down­town Lit­tle­ton, the lat­est Colorado city to en­act a smok­ing ban.

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