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Smoke-free ordinance makes sense

Published 11:00pm Wednesday, June 26, 2013

City Council President Johnny Witherington introduced an ordinance that would make all workplaces smoke-free. The ordinance proposed by Mr. Witherington would strengthen an existing, but weak, ordinance passed in 2006.

This smoke-free ordinance is good news for community health. Extensive research proves that smoke-free workplace laws are effective weapons in the fight against cancer, heart disease, lung disease and serious respiratory illnesses.

These diseases can be linked to the compounds found in secondhand smoke.

Based on health benefits alone there is sufficient reason to support a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance, but there is more good news. It will be good for business in Troy.

The truth is businesses thrive in smoke-free communities. It makes a level playing field that pays off for everyone.

Since the vast majority of people, nearly 80 percent, don’t smoke, going smoke-free makes good business sense. Employee health also improves, which is good for every business’ bottom line.

There is less absenteeism because of illness and more productivity among employees.

A strong smoke-free ordinance just makes sense. I’m pleased the city council approved the ordinance that protects all workers from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Tammy Powell


  • gram61

    First of all, I do not smoke, so this issue will not affect me one way or the other, but I do have an opinion. Since this band went into effect, the City should not be allowed to collect the tax money that is generated from the sale of this type of tobacco product. It is not fair for them to band the use of this type of product and still be able to profit from the sale of this product.

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  • Kelly

    I think you meant “ban” , not “band” ..
    Ok, they didn’t ban the use of the product. Only smoking in public work places… You can smoke all you want at home, or in private. Ergo, taxes still apply… Thank you, and drive thru…

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  • henrimasters

    First of all workplaces are and have been smoke free for years. The argument regarding second hand smoke in outdoor settings has never been scientifically proven. The case law and research included in the ordinance has long ago been proven to be wrong and in fact the 2006 study was thrown out of a federal court. This whole effort is due to small town cronies with small town minds. You know what I am saying.

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