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January 7, 2013
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Letter: Keep Douglas County children safe from nicotine addiction

Help keep our children safe

I have noticed something when I have been in town, and I am sure it must be happening all over. As I came out of one of the stores at the Garden Valley Center, I saw some 12- or 13-year-old children by an ashtray that was located above a trash can. They were fishing out the cigarette butts and putting them in their pockets. I have even seen the cigarette butts people so casually drop on the ground at swimming holes and parking lots picked up by children.

I think more efforts need to be made in public places such as swimming holes, stores, parks, etc., to keep the ashtrays emptied and the contents unavailable to children. A container where cigarette butts can be deposited but not easily removed would be great. The ground also needs to be kept clean of tobacco waste.

I appeal to those people who choose to smoke to make a greater effort and help protect our children from tobacco addiction. Please dispose of your tobacco waste more responsibly. If there is no proper way of disposing of your tobacco waste at the time, please remove it yourself and dispose of it properly later.

Karen Mackey


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