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Stop smoking campaign a team effort

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Kandace Brown
The Clay County Tobacco Coalition has teamed up with a group of students at Northview High School for a letter writing campaign, hoping to encourage people to stop smoking.

"It has been a campaign that we have been working with in the past year," Coalition Coordinator Kandace Brown said. "We've just been building on the education."

The coalition has been working with students in Bethany Jones' Advanced Health Class.

Jones said the students have been working on a letter writing campaign to encourage the football facility for the Clay Youth Football League to become a non-smoking area.

"(The students have) done real well," Jones told The Brazil Times. "Everyone had to write letters. They researched the effects of tobacco and researched how adults are (role models) for children."

Jones said the class took up the project after learning all other youth league fields are smoke-free facilities.

"We asked the class to team up with the coalition to work on a policy," Jones said.

Bethany Jones
Brown said the coalition has been working since 2006 to make all county businesses smoke-free. Since the campaign began in 2006, Brown said several establishments have chosen to go smoke-free.

"For the most part, in regard to the entertainment industry in Brazil, we've had several restaurants that have," she said. "But others haven't."

Still, Brown said the coalition will continue to attempt to educate the public in regard to the dangers of second hand smoke.

"The ultimate goal is to make sure every worker in Brazil is protected from second hand smoke and that no one is left behind," Brown said. "We are seeing a strong trend of businesses going smoke-free on their own."

Brown said the key for businesses going smoke-free is continued education.

"Some restaurants have expressed concern about losing business," she said, adding other recent start-up businesses were established as smoke-free entities and haven't seen any reduction in clientele.

"Studies I have presented to different businesses in the county have shown that people will not leave," Brown said.

She added she has not approached county officials yet regarding a possible ordinance for smoke-free workplaces, but that could be on the horizon.

"We have not written a smoke-free policy yet," she said. "We don't fee the county, or city, is ready for that. We have made presentations to the city, but to propose a smoke-free ordinance, we have not done that yet.

"It is in the near future. We're just not ready to do that. That is the goal that we have for the city, but it cannot be rushed. It's a goal that we would like to see fulfilled.

"There's more to do."

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I think it may be time to propose a smoke free ordinance for the city!

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Thu, Nov 5, 2009, at 6:57 AM

Never going to happen in Brazil...

-- Posted by BackHomeAgain on Thu, Nov 5, 2009, at 3:40 PM

When you are outside the smoke goes up, there is a designated place to smoke at the field.

This will only make fewer people come to the field,it should be your choose.

I am not a smoker but my husband is, this would not be fair to him, and we are their every season.

-- Posted by Batchelor3495 on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 9:10 AM

It's definitely a team effort! I commend the coalition for what has been accomplished so far. Keep on track. The best reality for businesses is that ~24% of Hoosier adults smoke which means ~76% don't. When businesses become smoke-free they find that the change appeals to a larger market which expands their business. Working in Monroe County this is very evident. The effects of tobacco impact every Hoosier. Can you imagine a place where smoke is not allowed in any workplace? Many countries, many states and even two counties in Indiana are already living this reality. Keep up the good work.

-- Posted by TJackson on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 6:16 PM

Rarely does a week go by that someone from Brazil or Clay County is not arrested for hard drug use and you want to make Brazil smoke free??

Save 'em from lung cancer so they can die from a drug overdose.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 9:46 PM

Yeah the football field should put up signs and enforce the rules as much as the other fields do. At least the dugouts are smoke-free....most of the time. Boy, I hope sarcasm comes through in these comments.

-- Posted by almostfootballfree on Thu, Nov 12, 2009, at 12:30 PM

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