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

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"No one should have to risk their health in order to earn a paycheck or enjoy a night out," said Mathew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. "Texans deserve a smoke-free law that protects all workers and customers statewide. Everyone has the right to breathe clean, smoke-free air, free from the proven dangers of secondhand smoke."

Texans strongly support a comprehensive smoke-free law. In a January 2009 poll, 68 percent of Texas voters supported prohibiting smoking in all indoor work and public places, including restaurants and bars.

The ad campaign is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association in coordination with Smoke-Free Texas, a coalition of public health organizations including the American Lung Association, Lance Armstrong Foundation Association and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, among others.

Facts about Secondhand Smoke:

  • Secondhand smoke is a serious public health hazard. In issuing a landmark report on secondhand smoke in June 2006, the U.S. Surgeon General stated, "The debate is over. The science is clear: Secondhand smoke is not a mere annoyance, but a serious health hazard that causes premature death and disease in children and nonsmoking adults." According to the Surgeon General, secondhand smoke is proven to cause lung cancer, heart disease, serious respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis and asthma, low birth weight and sudden infant death syndrome. It is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths in the United States each year. The Surgeon General also found that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke and the only effective way to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke is with comprehensive smoke-free workplaces and public places.
  • Smoke-free laws protect health without harming business. As the Surgeon General concluded, "
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