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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Grand Rapids bans smoking, but will health improve?

Years ago, Belfry Development built smoking shelters for employees who work in their southeast side business park. The small, outdoor cubicles are designed to keep smoke away from their buildings. "A minimum of 30 foot from any one of the structures," says Maintenance Supervisor Gary Richardson. The Grand Rapids ordinance, set to go into effect October 1 of next year, not only bans smoking inside a building but within 20 feet of a door, window or air intake. The main goal is to reduce second-hand smoke. The American Heart Association says exposure to second-hand smoke kills 2,500 Michigan residents each year. But can a ban on smoking really improve a community's health? In Pueblo, Colorado, they think the answer is yes.

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