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Area health group releases results of survey questioning tobacco free parks

Drew Kelly

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The La Crosse Area Health Initiative says people’s opinions on smoking are clear.

The group released results of a survey it conducted about smoke free parks.

Over 300 surveys were collected at several events like farmer’s markets and other festivals.

Results showed that 78 percent wanted tobacco free campgrounds, 87 percent wanted tobacco free parks and 96 percent wanted playgrounds free of tobacco.

Several also included comments about the dangers of secondhand smoke.

A previous state survey in 2013 showed 73 percent of county residents wanted smoke free parks.

Back in May of 2013, students went through Powell Park in La Crosse and placed red flags (below) wherever they found a cigarette butt. They started with 1,000 flags. It wasn’t enough. In all, the from 7 Rivers Community School students found a total of 1,456 cigarette butts.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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    ROBERT A MELBO

    September 26, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    If smoking is banned in public parks in the future, why shouldn’t it include a ban on consumption of bacon and sugary drinks? Eclairs and custard filled bismarks too!

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