American Heart Association volunteers and staff have launched new efforts to pass comprehensive smoke-free ordinances in Jonesboro, Newport, and Batesville.
In Jonesboro, American Heart Association volunteers and staff have been collaborating with "My Healthy Jonesboro" to make a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance part of their community wellness initiatives. Over the next several weeks, we will be talking with the Mayor and City Council members about the proposed smoke-free ordinance and looking for a bill champion on the City Council.
In Newport, Matt Henry, Community Policy Director with the American Heart Association met with Mayor David Stewart to discuss the possibility of a smoke-free ordinance. Over the next couple of months Mayor Stewart will work with the American Heart Association to draft a proposal for the ordinance.
In Batesville, American Heart Association volunteers met with Mayor Rick Elumbaugh to discuss the possibility of a smoke-free ordinance. Mayor Elumbaugh has committed to considering the issue.
If you live in or near any of these areas and want to get involved, please contact Local Grassroots Manager Heyward Whetsell at firstname.lastname@example.org.