As an ex-smoker, I am looking forward to smoke-free restaurants
and bars in Fort Collins. The No Smoking Ordinance, which took
effect this Wednesday, will help me stay an ex-smoker.
I smoked for five years and have been a non-smoker for several
months. I made it a personal goal to quit smoking because I value
my health and the health of others. However, every day I think
about having just one cigarette. Now with a smoke-free environment,
the temptation to smoke will be reduced and possibly help others
like myself quit.
Also, as a health conscious, ex-smoker I try to avoid
second-hand smoke from others. Second-hand smoke is the third cause
of preventable death in the U.S. I would rather visit a non-smoking
restaurant than worrying about the harm of inhaling the some 4,000
chemicals in second-hand smoke.
This new ordinance will also improve workplace safety in
restaurants and bars. It’s unfair to restaurant and bar employees
to be subjected to second-hand smoke on a regular basis. Studies
have shown people exposed to secondhand smoke at their places of
employment are 5O percent more likely to get lung cancer.
Most importantly, a smoke-free Fort Collins will send a positive
message to teenagers encouraging them to lead a smoke-free
With 75 percent of CSU students and 82 percent of Fort Collins’
residents being non-smokers, the city has listened to its citizens.
The No Smoking Ordinance works to protect everyone’s health and
safety. The City of Fort Collins is following a popular, national
trend by becoming smoke-free.
Jill L. Jameson
Senior, Technical Journalism