Smoking Ban Poll Results Released

By: Courtney Lassiter Email
By: Courtney Lassiter Email

If a smoking poll's results have anything to do with it, Bowling Green will become smoke free.

The American Cancer Society and a public health organization are trying to protect workers by eliminating smoking in all workplaces.
Four-hundred and two randomly chosen Bowling Green residents were polled by an outside survey company in January of 2007.

Click here to view the poll results.

As the polls were released today, March 20, 2007, at The BGMU Annex, a Bowling Green woman suffering chronic lung cancer explains why she is pleading with The Bowling Green City Commission to help prolong her life and the lives of others.

"It's a complete shock and then it was a complete shock to be diagnosed with stage four," Lori Monroe explained.

Doctor visits aren't always pleasant, especially when you find something very wrong on a typically normal procedure.

"They found it on a chest x-ray. They thought I had Pneumonia. I had gone in for a hysterectomy," Monroe said. She was a social smoker for eight years but quit long before she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Now she'll battle it the rest of her life.

"I'm more breathless because I've had five surgeries. I don't have lung tissue. I probably have half the lung capacity that I did before all this happened," Monroe said. Monroe is on a mission now to change public places.

"We're not saying don't smoke, what were saying is don't smoke in our air," Monroe said, "I can't be around smoke. I don't have very much lung tissue left."

Cardiologist Beth Bryant said it's difficult to breathe clean air with the lung capacity Monroe has left, let alone a smoke-filled room. Bryant is also trying to rid Bowling Green of smoke.

"Just exposure to people in this room could put you at risk, me at risk," Monroe said.

Especially people like Monroe who's had two relapses of cancer since
her diagnosis.

Although not being around second hand smoke won't save her life, Monroe's doctors tell her the more she's around it, the more she could see recurring lung problems in the future.

The Bowling Green City Commission is expecting a presentation opposing the ban.

An Edmonson County resident said he has a petition with more than 700 names opposing a smoking ordinance in Bowling Green.

This morning, Mayor Elaine Walker said she feels the poll results reflect a health crisis in our community where two strong sides oppose each other.

"I think it was very telling the community feels strongly that local government needs to address this issue," Mayor Walker said.

Mayor Walker said the Commission is leading up to a decision on the issue although no official motion has been made to vote.

To view more information on the health hazards of smoking, click here and to view a smoke-free work place poll, click here.

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