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Letter: Benefits of smoke-free law

We are members of the Willmar Senior High School Students Working Against Tobacco team. One of our main goals is to spread the news about the dangers of smoking and tobacco use.

So far, we have had a booth at the county fair, prepared a display in the commons area of our high school, threw out basketballs advocating no smoking to the fans at halftime of one of our home basketball games, distributed "Believe, Achieve, Succeed Smoke Free" bracelets during lunch periods and recorded a radio ad that aired all summer. We plan to do much, much more.

Now that we have told you a little bit about what we do, we would like to let you know that we are so glad that all the public facilities in Minnesota are now smoke-free. Two of my (Mitch's) grandparents live in Wisconsin, where they still allow people to smoke in public buildings. In fact, people sitting just 15 feet away from us were allowed to smoke because it was the smoking area. We are very fortunate to live in a state that is smoke-free. I hope that my grandparents in Wisconsin and people in all 50 states will soon be able to enjoy the smoke-free environments that we do.

Tobacco companies' products kill 36,000 people every month. That is more lives thrown away than there are public garbage cans in New York City.

We would just like to say thank you for providing smoke-free environments for the people in the great state of Minnesota