Letters to the Editor

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Tag: smoking

March
26th

TACOMA: State Farm isn’t my good neighbor

While the City of Tacoma may have welcomed State Farm to the former Frank Russell building, it may have neglected to offer some housekeeping rules to the new inhabitants.

If you wander down A Street, past 909, you will find an alleyway overflowing with discarded cigarette butts and other litter from State Farm employees. Apparently State Farm doesn’t think it needs to supply its workers with a smoking area or clean up after its employees who choose to smoke in the alley.

Some will remember the jingle, “And like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.” State Farm is here

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Feb.
13th

LAKEWOOD: Cigarettes aren’t the real problem

As several recent letter writers have advocated for the Lakewood ban on smoking cigarettes in public parks, I offer something else to put in their pipes to smoke.

Every time I go to Fort Steilacoom Park, the air is so thick with car exhaust and wood smoke, I often think of cautioning joggers about running in such polluted air. They should be wearing gas masks. The respiratory problems caused by carbon dioxide and wood smoke particulates make the pollution caused by a few cigarettes almost negligible.

The park is bordered on one side by Pierce College, whose parking lots are

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Feb.
10th

LAKEWOOD: Make parks healthier, cleaner places

Next week the Lakewood City Council will consider the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board’s recommendation to ban tobacco products on park property. Now Lakewood has a tremendous opportunity to protect our youth and families from the dangerous health effects of tobacco use.

As a Lakewood resident and chair of the American Heart Association’s South Sound Division board of directors, I urge the Lakewood City Council to adopt the proposed code change to make our parks smoke-free.

Children and families go to parks to use playground equipment, engage in physical activity and enjoy fresh air. We should support and encourage these

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Jan.
27th

SMOKING: Ban would serve the greater good in Lakewood

Re: “Lakewood backs off ban on tobacco in parks” (TNT, 1-19).

A fundamental reason to have a city council is to serve the greater good for the community, in this case the people of Lakewood. If you agree with that, you would probably agree that having our parks smoke-free serves the greater good.

The fact that the Lakewood City Council has hinted that it might not pass a proposed ban is embarrassing. And that’s after the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board unanimously recommended a ban on tobacco products on park property.

Similar bans were passed years ago in

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Jan.
24th

SMOKING: Lakewood council should be ashamed

Re: “Lakewood backs off ban on tobacco in parks” (TNT, 1-19).

It’s 2014, and despite volumes of evidence against tobacco, the Lakewood City Council is suggesting it may not support a smoking ban in Lakewood’s parks. With the City of Tacoma passing a similar ban in 2009, Gig Harbor in 2007 and Puyallup in 2005, I thought this was a no-brainer.

The council suggested that education would be the way to go. However, today everyone over the age of 3 already knows smoking is incredibly unhealthy for everyone. It’s been documented in previous TNT articles and elsewhere that the

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Jan.
22nd

SMOKING: Tobacco-free parks make sense

Re: “Lakewood backs off ban on tobacco in parks” (TNT, 1-19).

On behalf of the Tobacco-Free Alliance of Pierce County (TAP), I support the Lakewood Parks and Recreation Advisory Board’s unanimous recommendation to make the city’s parks tobacco-free.

Tobacco use is a leading cause of preventable death and disease in the nation, in Washington state and in Pierce County. Our parks should be healthy and safe places for families to gather and for kids and adults to be physically active.

Parks currently regulate the use of alcohol and require owners to clean up after their pets. Eliminating tobacco use

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Dec.
11th

MARIJUANA: Don’t smoke in public

What has come of this state? No smoking cigarettes in public, but they are considering pot smoking?

When I go into a bar for entertainment or a nice martini, the last thing I want to smell is pot smoke. A person can get high from the second hand smoke from pot. And, we all know that pot and alcohol don’t mix.

People, do your smoking in your own home, not around the rest of us.

Jan.
30th

BETHEL: Teachers smoking sets a poor example

At a school in the Bethel School District, I have witnessed staff smoking several times a day not 25 feet from where kids are unloaded. They are on school property in view of students.

I contacted the school and was told that if the teachers are outside the gate they are not on school property, which is incorrect; the school district has signs on the property up one block and around stating that it is school property and no trespassing is allowed.

These employees are smoking on school property and in view of children. Teachers need to lead by example.

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