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Dearborn City Hearing on Oakwood Smoking Ban Set for Thursday

Residents, city officials and Oakwood representatives will meet to discuss a resolution to complaints about the company's campus smoking ban.

A public hearing will be held Thursday, Feb. 7, to address concerns surrounding a no-smoking policy on the Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center campus.

Residents of the neighborhood surrounding Oakwood came before Dearborn City Council in December 2012 with concerns that a city ordinance banning smoking on hospital grounds was driving patients, visitors and employees who choose to smoke into their neighborhoods.

The ordinance, approved in January 2012 under the offenses chapter of the city code, added hospitals to the list of places in which smokers had to be at least 100 feet away before they could partake. It was enacted after Oakwood—which has its own no-smoking policy on the campus—came to the city asking for help in getting hospital staff and visitors off of Oakwood Boulevard when they chose to smoke.

The ordinance appeared to be a great solution for Oakwood, but created an ancillary problem, according to residents.

“We’d look out the door and there’s someone standing on the porch,” commented Donna Chaffin, a resident of Venice Street who worries that what's now just a nuisance could also become a security issue.

City Council in December decided to table a resolution to repeal the ordinance in favor of bringing all parties to the table in a hearing.

Thursday's hearing will be held immediately following the council's Committee of the Whole meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

The hearing is open to the public, and will be held in the City Council Chambers at Dearborn City Hall.

Alex Herman February 06, 2013 at 12:11 PM
What is wrong with the concept of implementing a rational common sense policy and built a designated smoking room or convert an existing room and make it suitable to be a smoking room? A rooftop smoking room as suggested by an other poster sounds to be a very good solution.
Lex Sherman February 06, 2013 at 12:15 PM
What is wrong with the concept of implementing a rational common sense policy and built a designated smoking room or convert an existing room and make it suitable to be a smoking room? A rooftop smoking room as suggested by an other poster sounds to be a very good solution.
Lex Sherman February 06, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Sorry, my friend comment already posted twice. This is a duplicate which should be deleted.
Pam February 06, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Then why did you have the Dearborn City Council act as your stooges and remove your problem to the surrounding neighborhood by special ordinance?
Pam February 06, 2013 at 03:22 PM
I have heard that Oakwood Hospital has been made exempt from the City's requirement that they pay a license fee per paid parking space. If true, just another private benefit at taxpayer expense.

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