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Backing smoking ban part of doctor's role

Backing smoking ban part of doctor's role

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William J. Dodson's letter to the editor on Nov. 15 criticized Dr. John Krueger and Mayor Chris Koos for backing the proposed smoking ban in our local communities and county.

Dr. Krueger's concerns relate to health care of all individuals, smokers and non-smokers alike. In fact, that is the ideal expressed by most physicians.

In promoting smoking bans and smoking-cessation programs, physicians are trying to protect smokers from themselves. Preventive health care measures are what we all hope to achieve.

The medical profession, Dr. Krueger included, does study the effects of health hazards in commonly used agents contrary to what Mr. Dobson implies. Such studies have resulted in significant changes in the products we use.

Also included would be the effects of nuclear waste materials and prevention of the ultimate health hazard, nuclear war.

If a public place had a contaminated water supply, smokers and nonsmokers alike would cry the alarm and demand correction. The same applies to clean air. Kudos to the likes of Dr. John Krueger, Mayor Chris Koos and elected public officials who have taken a positive stand on this issue.

May those officials who are undecided or opposed to proposed bans be encouraged to see beyond the haze.

Dr. John C. Stutzman



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