Frank Amend: Up in smoke

May 3, 2013 

Up in smoke

Say it isn’t so. Sen. E.S. “Buck” Newton has introduced a bill that would take us backward on our smoke-free law.

Newton is the lead sponsor on SB 703, which would eliminate the choice that local governments and community colleges have in protecting citizens from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Many communities have chosen to offer those protections, especially in areas like parks where families gather. I hope that our county will be more active in this area in the future. However, if Newton’s bill passes, our local governments will be prohibited from doing what they think is best for the people of Nash County.

As a heart surgery survivor and the husband of a cardiac care nurse, I know firsthand the dangers of being exposed to secondhand smoke. Clearly, I am opposed to any bill that would weaken smoke-free protections or take away the rights of local communities and community colleges to extend protections to their citizens.

I hope that others who are concerned for their health, the health of their children and our quality of life will tell Newton that SB 703 is a bad idea.

Frank Amend

Rocky Mount

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service