Smoke-Free for Me!
November 17, 2010
Poll results, according to the group Smoke-Free Joplin, show strong support across Joplin for smoke-free workplaces. Sixty-three percent of poll-takers, they say, support making bars, restaurants, entertainment venues and other places where people gather 100 percent smoke-free. Eighty-nine percent of those polled said they understood the health hazards that were made public in reports like that in 2006 of the U.S. Surgeon General which concluded exposure to secondhand smoke causes cancer, heart disease and serious lung ailments. An over-whelming majority said that they would patronize businesses about the same as they do now if a smoke-free ordinance was enacted. Signs were posted along 32nd Street in front of Freeman Health Center, shown, and St. John's on McClelland Boulevard to further popularize the group's position.

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