New smoking policy for county buildings in Sherman

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

SHERMAN – Smokers in Sherman may have to walk a few more feet before they light up. County officials ruled today that smokers must be forty feet or more away from county buildings before lighting up.

Benches and trash cans have now been moved forty feet away from these buildings.

"Today we took the official step that solidified that decision that smoking would be done in designated areas, and today we picked those designated areas. They will need to be at least forty feet from the buildings," Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum said Monday.

Officials also voted in favor of designated smoking areas at the court house and justice center.

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  • by citizen Location: sherman on Jul 24, 2007 at 04:58 PM
    The soldiers are protecting your freedom. That freedom allows you to smoke. The commisioners are protecting my rights. They are protecting me from the smoke you have the freedom to produce. Just because you want to subject yourself to toxins doesn't mean everyone else should have to walk through your toxic cloud in order to go to the courthouse to vote or participate in the judicial system (again earned by the freedom provided by the soldiers). If walking 40 feet away from a door to smoke is difficult for you to do, then perhaps you should consider kicking the habit and giving your lungs a chance to heal. (And yes, I am a reformed smoker having smoked 11 years.)
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2007 at 08:06 AM
    As a smoker I would rather walk the 40 feet away from the building than to subject a non-smoker to my habit. I think that this is a good plan. But since the non-smoker want to trash the smokers then I have to ask why the non-smokers can't just avoid the smokers and let everyone be happy.
  • by Karen Location: Oklahoma on Jul 24, 2007 at 07:12 AM
    Do you really think our young men and women are over fighting so you can stand in front of a County building and smoke. How petty of YOU. It's about time we can walk in or out of a building and not feel filthy from the smokers "just barely" outside the door of the store, office building, resturant, etc. As mentioned in this story - benches and trash cans have been moved forty feet from the buildings. So now the non-smokers have to sit on the ground - or bring their own chairs. Still, I cannot believe someone could or would relate our brave soldiers to the right to smoke, all the County officials did was to move you out of the door forty feet away. If walking that much further is a burden to you - maybe you, and others shouldn't smoke.
  • by Harry on Jul 24, 2007 at 06:46 AM
    You have the freedom to damage your own lungs by smoking. You do not have the freedom to damage mine by subjecting me to your smoke.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2007 at 06:21 AM
    that's a good question,, but non smokers have that freedom as well!!!!!! It doesn't say you can't smoke, just not close to the building!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2007 at 06:19 AM
    Sounds like a good plan. At least they are providing a place for smokers to smoke and the non-smokers don't have to walk through the smoke to get to the building. Maybe this will make everybody happy.
  • by kelly Location: okla on Jul 23, 2007 at 04:12 PM
    what happened to all this freedom we are suppose to have that our soldiers are fighting to protect
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