Column: County needs to stand up for public health

The Tribune

The time has come for Jackson County to adopt a comprehensive smoking ban that would go beyond that adopted in 2006 by the city of Seymour and earlier this year by the Indiana General Assembly.

All employees — public and private — deserve the opportunity to work in a smoke-free environment. It is a matter of public health.

And starting Jan. 1, that will be the case across Johnson County south of Indianapolis as smoking will no longer be allowed in bars, private clubs or other publicly accessible places.

We think the Jackson County Board of Commissioners would be wise to follow suit by proposing and adopting a countywide smoking ban that would exceed both state and Seymour bans.

The recently passed Johnson County ban will prohibit smoking on all county-owned or leased property and in all public places and workplaces, including bars, private clubs and hotels. The ban applies to both the incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county.

Jackson County commissioners could and should do the same here. So far, Seymour Common Council and state lawmakers have backed off from protecting all workers. County commissioners should stand up and take that step forward.

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