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Letter: Stronger ordinance than state makes statement

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From: Paula Jarrett


Received: Dec. 5

Congratulations to Stephanie Truly, and others, for getting a stronger nonsmoking ordinance than the state calls for. This will definitely be a positive for attracting businesses, and people will know that the City of Columbus takes the health of our city seriously.

The facts do not lie about the harms of secondhand smoke, and smoking does cause cancer and is one of the top reasons for heart disease. It’s time for people to take responsibility for their health. Just take a look at how much money is spent on health care for smokers, which also includes the loss of productivity in a business.

Finally, all those who fear they will lose customers; please do the research. This is simply not true. Mr. Hankins, Ms. Truly really is helping those make the transition, as it has been proven that making an establishment nonsmoking, contrary to your belief, does not hurt businesses, but they see an increase in revenue. It will not hurt “business owners’ livelihood.”

Not only do you, Mr. Hankins, owe Ms. Truly an apology, you need to do some homework on this topic. In the past, I have stated that owners of bars have said, surprisingly, the business was better. You simply are not informed, Mr. Hankins and Mr. Miller. It seems others need to do some researching, also.

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