Smoking ban would improve area

To the editor:

The Hancock County smoking ban issue is being talked about throughout and it’s worth repeating time and again that smoke kills – it does. Like a rose is a rose, a fact is a fact, and it’s a proven fact that smoking and secondhand smoke causes deadly cancer.

I don’t know why the leaders of some of our veteran clubs and the Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort are threatening the people of Hancock County that a smoking ban would cause a great economic disaster and the very first thing they would do is to discontinue their charity toward the needy and school kids, no less.

That’s really a shameful signal to give our younger generation that we need to kill ourselves with smoke to survive economically. Remember, 24 counties in West Virginia and all of Ohio are doing very well without, here’s smoke in your face -why can’t we?

Smoking ban or not, gamblers will gamble, drinkers will drink and, sadly, smokers will continue to smoke, so those particular businesses will continue to sell – the sky is not falling.

I’d really like to see this issue go to a vote and give all the citizens a voice on cleaning up our county or not.

Until a smoker quits that filthy habit he or she doesn’t know how badly the stink is – I found out after I quit.

Just think about it – what’s more important, health or wealth.

How can we tell our children that smoking’s a no-no and advertise throughout the county that the is a must.

Come on, smokers, drinkers, gamblers – if you must, go ahead, do your thing, but, don’t kill the rest of us while you’re doing it.

Let’s clean up our county and enjoy a smokeless meal, cool beer or cheering that favorite nag at the track.

Love thy neighbor, will you?

John Flara

New Cumberland