Weber-Morgan Health Department Wants Smoking Ban

Weber-Morgan Health Department Wants Smoking Ban

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- The Weber-Morgan Health Department wants to see city or county ordinances that would ban smoking in outdoor public areas.

The department surveyed 538 people at the Weber County Fair in August about smoking. The results show a majority of respondents favor a complete ban of tobacco use in public outdoor venues, said Anna Guymon, community health educator with the department. The same survey was conducted in Roy and Riverdale last week, and the department plans to survey people in downtown Ogden next weekend, she said.

The results will be presented to the Weber-Morgan Board of Health later this month.

The department will also show the results to several city councils. "We hope our city and county leaders will see that the public is interested in protecting themselves from secondhand smoke," Guymon said.

At the fair, 60 percent supported a ban on all tobacco use, both smoking and smokeless, while 29 percent wanted designated smoking areas in public places and 8 percent suggested a ban on smoking only.

------ Information from: Standard-Examiner

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