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April 11, 2014
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Tobacco Free Coalition of Weld County honors Anderson, Fronek

The Tobacco Free Coalition of Weld County hosted a special event to honor Carole Anderson and Frank Fronek this week.

Both Anderson and Fronek were integral in drafting and passing Greeley’s smoke-free ordinance in 2003 and they have been active in the community for many years.

Anderson is a former Greeley city councilwoman and Fronek has served on the American Cancer Society Executive Committee, among other things.

Both have since retired from the coalition, which felt it was important to recognize Anderson and Fronek for all they have done to serve Weld County and better the health of its residents, said Corrie Groesbeck, tobacco control program coordinator for the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment.

At the event on Tuesday, Anderson said since the no-smoking ordinance went into effect in Greeley:

» There has been a reduction in the number of heart attacks in the city;

» There has been an expansion of ordinances banning secondhand smoke in surrounding areas;

» The county’s youth coalition and health department have tried to raise awareness of the dangers of chewing tobacco;

» Casinos in Colorado have banned smoking inside.

“The dangers of secondhand smoke and chewing tobacco are being looked at from all levels by young people and adults,” she said.

Fronek was chairman of the committee that drafted and pushed for the Greeley ordinance approved in 2003. He said it has had a positive impact.

“Now, we in Greeley have a much healthier and livable city to spend our time in,” Fronek said.

He said things the ordinance failed to address include no smoking with children present in the car and no smoking in apartments, which is a problem because secondhand smoke travels from apartment to apartment even with the doors closed.

“When a nonsmoker is exposed to secondhand smoke for 30 to 60 minutes, it has an effect on his arteries and heart, which usually takes 2-3 days to get back to normal,” Fronek said. “A nonsmoker that lives with a smoker has a 24 percent higher chance of developing a heart attack.”

The Tobacco Free Coalition of Weld County focuses on educating and implementing new and existing tobacco policies, including preventing youth from starting, helping people who use tobacco quit, assisting in the reduction of and protection from secondhand smoke, and reducing tobacco use among groups that are disproportionately affected and/or at high risk.


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