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Smoke Free petition reaches half-way point

A petition aimed at convincing City Council to prohibit smoking in all enclosed public places and workplaces is half-way to its goal of collecting 10,000 signatures before Oct. 22. The Sault Ste.
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A petition aimed at convincing City Council to prohibit smoking in all enclosed public places and workplaces is half-way to its goal of collecting 10,000 signatures before Oct. 22.

The Sault Ste. Marie 100% Smoke-Free Task Force says it's collected 5,000 signatures since its campaign started in late May.

The Task Force is supported by a wide range of health-advocacy groups, including the Algoma Health Unit, Algoma District Medical Group, Algoma West Academy of Medicine, Canadian Cancer Society, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, Group Health Centre, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Sault Area Hospitals, Sault Ste. Marie & District Dental Association, Seniors' Health Advisory Council, Take Heart Algoma, The Lung Association, and the YMCA.

It wants to have 10,000 signatures by Oct. 22, when it will ask City Council to prohibit smoking in all indoor public and work places effective World No Tobacco Day, May 31, 2003.

Organizers said they intend to continue blitzing the community in the months ahead to collect more signatures.

You can sign the petition on SooToday.com by clicking here.

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