Kansas State Fair 2016 to be Smoke-Free

Kansas State Fair

Officials want to make modifications in smoking policies for Kansas State Fair 2016. In order to ensure the policy enforcement by gauging public interest there was launced an online survey.

With 6 against 5 votes in May was adopted an ordinance imposing establishment of designated smoking zones across the grounds. However, Carla Smith, program coordinator for Reno County youth organization Communities that Care, considers that things will change after the Fair, because it will inspire people to opt for smoke-free cities.

These days tobacco use is not permitted in the buildings or in the Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand seating zone.

Young people from the Communities that Care program were present on several fair board meetings with the aim to convince members to join their smoke-free cause. They came with a poposal to make the fair free of tobacco smoke and showed a large bag with tobacco butts gathered from fairgrounds. They spoke about the negative effects of exposure to secondhand smoke, especially on such big events as Fairs.

Based on the feedback received from fairgoers, the fair board will take a decision regarding smoke-free policy for the Fair 2016. Smith believed that most people participating in the online survey will vote in favour for the smoke-free policy, because on the Fair come many families with kids. She also believes that smoke-free Fair will will be the first step towards refusal from designated smoking areas in the city.

The survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/smokingareas.

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