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Local mayors take on "smoke free community" initiative

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Eleven Hamilton County mayors are joining forces to launch a "Smoke Free Community" initiative to try and improve the health and economy of the community.

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"Tobacco still remains the leading preventable cause of death in Hamilton County," said Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger.

Coppinger and the other mayors are urging people through billboards and park benches to quit smoking in public areas like local parks. The goal, Coppinger said, is to eliminate exposure to second and third-hand smoke. Thirty-two people die each day in Tennessee due to smoking.

Coppinger said the initiative is more of a reminder than an enforcement. It's funded by Tobacco Settlement funds and does not require any money from taxpayers, he said.

Hamilton County taxpayers, smokers or not, pay more than $1,000 for government smoking-related expenditures, according to the local health department.

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