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Anti-smoking plan on agenda

Tuesday, February 8, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:07 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

The bandwagon is starting to get crowded as more cities and even entire states continue to adopt stricter rules on where people can smoke. Columbia is no exception, as progress toward such a proposal moves forward.

At 5:30 p.m. today, the Columbia/Boone County Board of Health will hold its monthly meeting. The agenda includes a presentation by the Boone County Coalition for Tobacco Concerns, which will publicly unveil its proposed no-smoking ordinance for indoor public spaces for the first time.

Dean Andersen, the coalition’s co-chairman, expects the discussion to last just 15 minutes. The group does not plan to present copies of the confidential letters it distributed to drum up support among local businesses.

“We’re not going to submit letters from them (the businesses),” Andersen said.

Linda Cooperstock, a public health planner with the Health Department, said that although today’s meeting will be open to the public, there will not be an opportunity for public comment. After the coalition’s presentation, though, board members will be able to ask questions.

The meeting will take place at the Health Department building, 1005 W. Worley St.


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