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Time for smoking rooms

It has come to my attention that there is excessive public smoking on the malls of Aspen. This is affecting not only the environment, but the health of the people everywhere.

If Aspen made it mandatory for smokers to smoke in designated rooms outside the mall, the air inside the mall would be clean, and the people in the area wouldn’t be in danger of hurting their bodies.

Having these smoke-proof rooms would allow people to still smoke and not hurt the world around them. Studies have shown that if you are a healthy non-smoker exposed to secondhand smoke, you increase your chances of lung cancer by 25 percent, and cancer of the sinus, brain, thyroid, and heart disease, as well as leukemia and lymphoma by 10 percent.

These diseases are easy to get when there are so many people smoking in public and doing it frequently. The smoke-proof rooms would save Aspen’s atmosphere from turning into the polluted air of a big city like Denver with a huge cloud of smoke over it.

The rooms would benefit the people in the community and might discourage the smokers not to smoke because of the inconvenience of smoking in the rooms.

Henry Dodderidge

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