LET Smoke-free is attraction for some
Recent articles and letters have suggested that some are disappointed the AMVETS organization chose another community for its convention because of the restaurant smoking ordinance. In fact, Rochester has enjoyed success in attracting other conferences that seek and appreciate our smoke-free environments.
Furthermore, most patients, but especially those with cardiopulmonary disorders, benefit from a smoke-free atmosphere. It is also important to recognize the resultant health offered to the hospitality service providers that now work in smoke-free environments.
In addition to the provisions in the law that give private groups the authority to establish smoking rules for their group even when using Mayo Civic Center, there are 46 bars and clubs (including those organized for veterans) that serve food and/or beverages that also allow smoking. As veterans, it is regrettable for us to observe the result of lifelong addictions among members of the armed forces that only assures a steady stream of revenue to the tobacco industry. Encouraging people to smoke is not only hazardous to their health but also to those around them. Many states and communities are moving toward an affirmation of the ordinance in Olmsted County.
Dr.; William M. McConahey
Dr.; Howard A. Andersen