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City to enforce designated smoking areas at city parks

March 5, 2014

Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis presented Josh Hill, "a favorite son of the community," with a key to the city at Tuesday night's council meeting. Hill, a Blackfoot High School graduate, is an NFL football player who plays tight end for the New Orleans Saints. Prior to presenting Hill with the key, Loomis invited retired city worker Carlos Martinez to join him in the presentation. Loomis said it was at the suggestion of Martinez that a key be given "to an outstanding citizen from Blackfoot."

After nearly one year of trying, members of Blackfoot's Independence High School student health council, along with Tracy Lambson from Southeastern Idaho Public Health, were successful in influencing the Blackfoot City Council to start enforcing a ,smoke free, park ordinance that is already on the books.
At Tuesday night's city council meeting, the council unanimously agreed to to begin enforcing the no smoking areas in the city's parks.
The council seemed to be in agreement that there "should be some areas in the park where people can smoke."
"Smokers pay taxes and they have a right to enjoy our parks too," said councilman Bart Brown. "However, they shouldn't have the right to infringe on the rights of other with something that could be damaging to their health.
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