Smoke-free group relights Radcliff appeal

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By The Staff


Elizabethtown went smoke-free Dec. 1, 2006

Hardin County went smoke-free April 1, 2007



RADCLIFF — The smoke-free issue in Radcliff has not burned out just yet, even after city council snuffed out a proposed ban in city businesses nearly two years ago.

Al McDonald, who has helped spearhead the movement, said Smoke-free Radcliff expects to make another presentation to city council in May.

Radcliff City Council voted down 4-2 a proposal on a non-smoking ordinance in city businesses July 17, 2007.

“That was last year,’’ he said. “We didn’t have the support from the state ... I’m a substitute teacher in Hardin County and the young people here, they don’t like to go into an establishment with smoking.’’

Smoke-free Radcliff will meet today at 10 a.m. at Mill Creek Baptist Church.

McDonald said grant money has helped the group’s cause. There has been a billboard in Radcliff to help spread their word as well as literature and T-shirts.

“Last year it was talked about as a rights issue,’’ McDonald said. “It’s not in the Constitution if you should smoke or not. This year it’s a health issue. We have a number of people who smoke now, but does that mean they want their grandkids to smoke? They can stay home and smoke their heads off. I won’t go to a restaurant here; I’ll go to Elizabethtown to eat out.’’

McDonald said he wants to make certain the group has its plan formulated before making the presentation in front of council. He said support from those who want to see Radcliff join Elizabethtown and Hardin County in going smoke-free should stand up and be counted.

Since the council voted the ordinance down, McDonald and his wife, Marilyn have been regular attendees at council meetings.

“We’re hoping to get all of Hardin County to be smoke-free,’’ McDonald said. “We thought Radcliff would follow the lead of Elizabethtown and Hardin County the last time. It’s been a battle up here, much more than it was in E’town.’’

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at (270) 505-1757.