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Ad Campaign: All Texans Should Have the Right to Breathe Smoke-Free Air
Date:4/27/2009

Ad Calls for Smoke-Free Restaurants, Bars and Workplaces Statewide

AUSTIN, Texas, April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As a Texas House committee prepares to consider comprehensive smoke-free workplace legislation this week, a coalition of public health organizations is launching a radio advertising campaign urging the Legislature to approve a smoke-free law that protects all Texans from harmful secondhand smoke.

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The radio ad, airing in Houston this week, states, "Twenty-eight Texas cities, including Houston, are already smoke-free. But lots of Texans are still forced to breathe secondhand smoke in workplaces, restaurants, and in other public places." The advertisement further states, "Nearly 70 percent of Texans agree: Everyone should have the right to breathe smoke-free air."

To listen to the ad, go to http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/campaign/texas/2009/SmokinTexas.mp3.

The House State Affairs Committee is scheduled to consider legislation Tuesday that would provide statewide, comprehensive protection from secondhand smoke exposure in all indoor workplaces and public places, including restaurants and bars. Earlier this month, the Senate Health Committee held a hearing on the same legislation. Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, including 69 known to cause cancer - and those toxins can linger long after the last cigarette is put out. Secondhand smoke is a proven cause of lung cancer, heart disease and other serious illn
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