I read the article about attendance being down at the Puyallup Fair (TNT, 9-28). No one mentioned secondhand smoke as a potential reason.
I stopped attending the Puyallup Fair many years ago because of the constant exposure to secondhand smoke. I had been coming to the Puyallup Fair since I was a child and have many fond memories. As an adult, I noticed more and more secondhand smoke as I walked around the fairgrounds.
Here’s the reality: The “smoking sections” at the fair are just as effective as “peeing sections” in a swimming pool. Everybody has contact with it. I would gladly pay to come to a family-friendly fair, which includes a clean-air environment.
I choose to be a nonsmoker, and I support that lifestyle by how I spend my time and money. Many of our parks have become smoke-free. More than 85 percent of Washingtonians are nonsmokers. It is time that all smoking be banned on the Puyallup fairgrounds.
When that day happens, I will happily return to “Do the Puyallup.”
(Henson is co-chair of the Tobacco-free Alliance of Pierce County.)