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Smoke Free Bryan Park Plan Comes Under Fire From Council

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A Salem City Councilman is raising concerns about a South Central Illinois Health Coalition's proposal to make Bryan Memorial Park smoke free.  Lindy Payne with the Marion County Health Department came before the Salem City Council Monday night to make the request.   Councilman David Black had concerns.

"The idea that you're outside and have open air--I don't see how thats harmful unless you're sitting right next to them. I don't like government intervening in everything--they want to recognize the majority, but they don't want to recognize the minority" Black said.

Payne agreed to return with a scaled back request.

"Our focus is not the whole park in general, rather the places that children are playing. Parents bring their children tot he park to have the fresh air and not be exposed to secondhand smoke" Payne said.

Payne will be visiting all governmental bodies in Marion and Clinton Counties in an attempt to make more outside public areas smoke free.  The multi-county South Central Illinois Health Coalition has obtained a state grant for the project.  The group is also working on coordinated school health, worksite wellness, complete streets and baby friendly hospitals.   

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