Tobacco Coalition Pushing for Smoke-Free Community


HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A tobacco awareness coalition in Berkeley County is hard at work trying to get a stricter smoking ban passed.

But this isn't the first time they've asked the Berkeley County Health Department to ban smoking in bars, restaurants, parks and other related venues. 

"We want to make it uniform. We have six grandkids and we want to be able to take them anywhere," said Beinard Blough, a volunteer of the Tobacco Awareness Coalition.

The Berkeley County community initiative wants to raise awareness and educate people about the effects of tobacco exposure for a tobacco free community.

George Blough is a cancer survivor who wants to help promote a healthier community.

She said spreading the word could save a life.

"I want everyone to do what they choose but I want an even playing field. I want all bars and restaurants with clean indoor air," said George Blough.

Members of the coalition say a smoke-free environment will allow families to go anywhere in the community without the risk of second-hand smoke.

According to the Division of Tobacco Prevention, second hand smoke has a no risk-free level of exposure and has the same health consequences as tobacco use.

“[We’re]trying to make people aware of the problems that second hand smoke can cause, a lot of people in the hospitality industry who don't want to be exposed to second hand smoke and they are," said Beinard Blough.

A passionate group pushing for a healthier living. 

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