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Fair goes smoke free


   In keeping with its focus of offering healthy and fun events for Jefferson County families, Jefferson County Fair Board has announced the adoption of a smokefree policy for the county fairgrounds that goes into effect June 30.
   The policy will prohibit smoking on the fairgrounds at all times and during all events. Adopting this policy ensures that the fairgrounds are a healthy and clean place for event attendees. Included in the policy is the provision of a designated smoking area.
   "The Jefferson County Fairgrounds have always been a place for families from across the county to come together and enjoy the wonderful festivities and activities that are so important to our region," said Tony Anderson, Jefferson County Fair Board chairman. "Providing a place that's not only fun, but healthy and clean is a high priority for us and is in line with our dedication to celebrating the county and its people."
   Cigarettes have been linked to the onset of heart disease and many forms of cancer.
   It is estimated that every year, at least 40 people in Jefferson County die and at least 782 people suffer from serious illness as a result of tobacco use.
   The Jefferson County Health Department is working with fairgrounds staff to help implement the new policy and educate the community.
   "The surgeon general recently stated that there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke and any exposure is harmful," said Dana Hastings, Jefferson County Health Department Tobacco Program coordinator.
   "We commend and fully support the fair board in valuing our community's health by reducing the exposure to secondhand smoke," she said.
   Jefferson County Fairgrounds, located within the city limits of Madras, host events and celebrations throughout the year. For more information about activities call 325-5050.
   For more information on tobacco prevention and education, call 475-4456.
   People who are ready to quit tobacco, can get help by calling the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line, 1-800-QUIT-NOW.