Task force wants smoke out of zoo
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#1 Sep 26, 2007
Task force wants smoke out of zoo
By: Zachary McDonald, Times Staff Writer
Updated 09/26/2007 04:15:35 PM EDT
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Henry Doorly Zoo is in the sights of the Sarpy County and Metro Omaha Tobacco coalitions as the next public place where they want smoking banned.
The groups joined together with the Tobacco Free Cass County coalition to form the Smoke-Free Zoo Task Force and push legislators to make Henry Doorly 100 percent smoke-free.
Diana Failla, program director for the Sarpy County Tobacco Coalition and the Smoke-Free Zoo Task Force, said the change has already been made in 81 zoos across the country, including the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. and the Philadelphia Zoo, and it's time for Omaha to do the same.
"The Henry Doorly Zoo is one of the top zoos in the country," she said. "It is frequently visited by young children who especially are vulnerable to second-hand smoke."
The zoo currently has 18 designated smoking areas, but that doesn't fix the problem in Failla's eyes.
"Those designated areas are pretty much the only places you can sit down," she said. "They're placed in areas where the children and animals are."
She added that it is very hard to enforce the designated smoking areas, noting that she has seen people walking around the zoo with cigarettes in their hands.
Even cutting down the number of designated smoking areas wouldn't pacify the coalition.
"It wouldn't be making a statement by the zoo that we're a healthy environment," Failla said.
Zoo director Dr. Lee Simmons said the issue has been discussed and he feels the designated smoking areas are enough.
"It's the feeling of the executive board that the zoo has made reasonable accommodations to prevent the nonsmoking zoo visitor from being exposed to smoke," Simmons said.
This report contains information from Midlands News Service.
©Suburban Newspapers 2007
#2 Sep 27, 2007
This is the stupidest thing I have heard. The zoo is primarily OUTDOORS... guess what, the smoke disapates... I might concede to no indoor smoking, but the majority of the zoo is outdoors. what, if this goes thru then the next thing will be to ban smoking at Mahoney State Park or Platte River State Park... oh wait - no smokiing in Halleck Park or City Park. Oh my gosh, someone is driving down the street smoking, better stop them.... oops, I stepped onto a public street in front of my house, no smoking
#3 Dec 12, 2008
No, the smoke does not dissipate. It is breathed in by people with severe asthma among others. Yes, someday, reaching an intelligence level beyone yours; there will be no smoking in those parks, just as there is not in California and Utah parks (as well as beaches in California) currently where culture and civilization has reached a bit sooner.
#4 Jul 19, 2009
If you say so, dullard.Com ing from the Peoples Republic of Colorado we can expect as much from you.
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