Town-hall meeting to discuss dangers of secondhand smoke

The format for Thursday’s town-hall meeting on Seymour’s smoking ordinance will feature a panel discussion to educate the public on the dangers of secondhand smoke and dispel myths about smoke-free ordinances.

Dr. Kenneth Bobb, leader of the grassroots organization Smokefree Seymour, said the panel will consist of Nick Torres with the American Lung Association, Shirley Dubois, tobacco-free coordinator for Kokomo/Howard County and others.

A question-and-answer session will be conducted after the panelists speak.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Seymour Community Center, 107 S. Chestnut St.

Smokefree Seymour is planning to present their request to city council in November to strengthen the city’s smoking law by adding new restrictions including banning smoking in all bars and clubs, increasing the distance where smoking is permitted near a public entrance from 10 feet to 20 feet, making smoking illegal at outdoor festivals, events and other public gatherings of 50 or more people and including all electronic forms of smoking, such as e-cigarettes and vape machines in the ordinance.

For more information visit facebook.com/smokefreeseymour/.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.