Durango City Council recently passed a public-space smokefree ordinance. We want to know YOUR thoughts on this ordinance.
Media Release San Juan Basin Health – November 7, 2012
Passes City Council
The Durango City Council took steps to improve our community’s health during Monday night’s (11-5-12) council meeting. Councilmembers approved a Smoke-Free ordinance for city-owned Parks, Playgrounds, Animas River Trail and Bus Stops. This victory for local youth and community members is the culmination of three years of effort by the local Lasso Tobacco Coalition/ Celebrating Community Norms Coalition.
The Coalition represents over 20 agencies who committed to actively educate the community about the health risks of secondhand smoke and the negative influence that smoking in public places has on youth norms. A coalition member, the La Plata Boys and Girls Club Torch Club, chose a smoke-free ordinance as one of their goals and have educated others over the past three years about how they wanted the environment in which they play to be smoke free.
Pat Senecal, Health Policy and Systems director for San Juan Basin Health Department said, “Smoke Free Policy affects the greatest number of citizens and encourages the positive norms we want for all citizens. Mayor Lyon, councilmembers Marberry, White and Rinderle, as well as City Manager Le Blanc, Parks and Recreation Director Metz, and the citizens’ advisory boards are to be thanked for collaborating successfully towards this community-led action.”.
To join the coalition and continue its work reducing addiction of all kinds, visit breathefreedurango.com or call Pat at 335-2048.
Media contact: Jane
Looney, San Juan Basin Health; 335-2087; email: email@example.com
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