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City of Portage Considering Smoke-free Ordinance


PORTAGE - The Portage City Council is considering a ban on smoking in public places in the city.  The Tobacco Education & Prevention Coalition for Porter County has been trying to help this initiative pass and has even gotten the signatures of six CEOs of the six regional hospitals who serve the city to sign a joint letter publicly supporting the smoke-free air ordinance.  

Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson spoke with Carrie Higgins, the Program Director of the Tobacco Education & Prevention Coalition about the effort.

The proposed ordinance, number 21-08, was brought before the Portage Common Council on Tuesday.  The Ordinance Committee voted 2-1 against recommending the ordinance for adoption in its current form in June.  The ordinance may be up for revision.