Pharos-Tribune

May 20, 2013

4-H considers smoke-free campus

Board to continue discussions.

by Caitlin Huston
Pharos-Tribune

— The 4-H fairground may consider going smoke-free in time for the county fair.

Members of the fair board heard a presentation last week from the tobacco cessation group of Better Health of Cass County about the health effects of second-hand smoke. Board members said they may vote on the measure at their May 28 meeting.

Currently, smoking is prohibited in the buildings or barns.

However, Dick Farrer, Cass County tobacco prevention and cessation coordinator, said they’re concerned about the effects of second-hand smoke on the children and families who go to the fair.

Farrer said he understood that citizens want to have the freedom to smoke, but he’s concerned about the rights of the others around them.

“Everyone also has the right to breath free air,” Farrer said.

Josh LeDonne, current president of the 4-H fairboard said the haven’t had problems with smoking in the past.

“We’ve never had any complaints, ” LeDonne said.  

He said the fair board was open to the suggestion of going smoke-free but thought policing it was another matter.

“I don’t know how you’d enforce it,” LeDonne said.

Farrer agreed that it would be difficult to enforce, but he said his group would be willing to pay for and put out signs.

Mark Musall, past president of the 4-H Fair Board, said he wasn’t sure yet which way he would vote.

“I could go either way on it,” Mussall said.

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or caitlin.huston@pharostribune.com.

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