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Glenwood Springs should speak out against smoking

Ken Eielson

Dear Editor,

More and more tobacco settlement money is being cut for budgeting our state’s fiscal mismanagement.

April 2 was Youth Kick Butts Day! It was not a widely known fact in this valley due to these ongoing budget slashes. Many organizations concerned about youth smoking initiation are not able to promote their agendas for better education of this gateway drug, nicotine.

Smoking-related health care costs in Colorado cost all the taxpayers approximately $1 billion each and every year. A lot of these smokers die, and the tobacco industry continues to counter this by spending $26 million a day promoting death.

About 25.3 percent of Colorado high-school-aged youth smoke. About 10,800 become regular users every year.

I wonder, is this acceptable to readers out there? If it is not, then write your governor, state senators, congressman, representatives and especially our local governments.

Our local Glenwood Springs City Council deserves to hear from those who care about youth prevention, initiation, cessation and health-care costs. Yes, even locally, kids do get sick from tobacco, including bronchitis, colds, upper respiratory infections and reduced capacity to exercise.

It is time, folks, to address this issue head on.

It is time to bring it to our council that Glenwood Springs cares about its youth and adults who use tobacco. This town needs to have a no smoking ordinance brought up and discussed.

I hope to see other concerned parents, citizens, health activists, environmental activists, legal representatives, teachers rise up and say enough.

Sincerely,

Ken Eielson

Glenwood Springs


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