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PUYALLUP FAIR: Smoking may dampen attendance

Letter by Heidi Henson, Gig Harbor on Sep. 30, 2010 at 1:25 pm | 16 Comments »
September 30, 2010 1:32 pm

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.)

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