Tribune-Courier General Manager
BENTON — The Marshall County Health Department is facilitating an effort for the formation of a county-wide smoke free/wellness coalition. Terri DeLancey, coordinator for health education is spearheading the effort to attract interested members from the healthcare community, faith based organizations and the community at large.
DeLancy said the first meeting of the coalition will be held on Aug. 22 at 11:30 a.m. at Magic Valley Bar-B-Que in Benton. She hopes to have in attendance representatives of the University of Kentucky who have assisted other communities across the state in developing and implementing smoke-free ordinances.
DeLancy would not speculate at this time what the goals of the coalition might be or whether or not this may lead to such an ordinance in Marshall County until the committee is formed and its planning comes together.
“We really are just in the beginning phases of our planning and at this time don’t know where it may go. The committee that is formed will have a great deal to do with what the goals are,” said DeLancy.
DeLancy said a recent survey of local restaurants with regard to smoking policies will be presented at the Aug. 22 meeting.
Funding for the project is coming from a grant received by the county from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky whose mission is to address the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing health policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities among groups and promoting health equity.