Sunday, October 6, 2013

Star-News: McCall Debates Smoke-Free Proposal

Posted By on Sun, Oct 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM

A community meeting in McCall has been scheduled for this Wednesday, Oct. 9, when the public will be able to weigh in on a new effort to ban smoking in the work place.

The McCall Star-News reports that the city is being asked to consider a new ordinance that would require bars, small businesses, hotels, motels, bus stops and some outdoor areas to be smoke-free.

Smokefree Idaho is pushing the effort, modeled after similar no-smoking ordinances in Boise and Ketchum. According to Smokefree Idaho, smoke-free policies "increase productivity and decrease absenteeism among non-smoking employees."

But an editorial in the Star-News calls the ordinance "a solution looking for a problem."

"Requiring smoke-free workplaces is a bad idea," reads the editorial. "This proposal is a case of imploring government to legislate the public good, even if that legislation creeps onto private property."

The community meeting is set for Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Douglas MacNichol Building in McCall.

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