Den­ver City Coun­cil should ban smok­ing on 16th Street Mall

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Bob Phelps, M.D., Den­ver Post John Leyba, The Karyn Smith,

“Pro­posal to snuff smok­ing un­fair?” Oct. 12 news story.

I can’t be­lieve that home­less ad­vo­cates op­pose the ban­ning of smok­ing on the 16th Street Mall, ar­gu­ing it is “dis­crim­i­na­tion, and liken­ing it to Jim Crow and other past laws crafted to limit the op­por­tu­ni­ties of cer­tain groups.” Smok­ing is not only ex­pen­sive, but se­ri­ously im­pairs the health of the smoker as well as oth­ers nearby. If home­less ad­vo­cates re­ally want to help the home­less im­prove their health and have more money for food and other ne­ces­si­ties, they should en­cour­age any pro­posal that could even re­motely help re­duce or elim­i­nate smok­ing by home­less and non-home­less alike. ●●●

I urge the Den­ver City Coun­cil to pass this mea­sure. I re­side in a Den­ver sub­urb, and no longer come to 16th Street Mall to shop or eat due to the un­healthy and dirty cig­a­rette smoke. Sim­ply put, the mall smells. Op­po­nents say the mea­sure un­fairly tar­gets “im­pov­er­ished” peo­ple. How can some­one say they are im­pov­er­ished if they can pay $5 to $7 for a pack of cig­a­rettes? Pass this mea­sure. The smok­ers will find some­where else to smoke. Maybe they will even quit if smok­ing be­comes a has­sle.

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