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Students Seeking Less Smoke at State Fair

Associated Press - March 7, 2014 11:45 am

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Several Hutchinson students want to limit smoking at the Kansas state fairgrounds.

About 25 members of Communities that Care, a Reno County youth organization, asked the Kansas State Fair board on Thursday to consider their proposal to make the grounds smoke-free, except for a few designated smoking areas.

The Hutchinson News reports smoking isn’t allowed now in the buildings or in the grandstand.

The students said other state fairs have implemented similar policies.

Fair Manager Denny Stoecklein says more studies would be needed to determine how other fairs implemented such plans, and the board would not make any decisions without getting more feedback from patrons.

Dale Thompson

March 8, 2014 at 12:29 pm

As a reformed smoker I still believe that as long as this product is a legal item, it is up to the business and or the organization, not a( few )who think a self serving agenda is the will of the people. The open area of the outdoors does not confine smoke and does not pose a health risk to others. The smokers have every right to smoke outside. How far with are we to go with these programs. The next thing you know, all the ugly people will be prohibited from public and I will be forced to stay inside(LOL). I really do believe the smokers have backed up far enough.

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