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American Lung Association Hails Decision to Snuff Out Smoking in U.S. Senate Lounges
Date:5/6/2008

no later than 2010. Twenty-three states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have passed comprehensive smokefree laws, protecting workers and the public from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

In 2007, the American Lung Association submitted a petition to Congress signed by more than 10,000 citizens, calling on congressional leaders to make our U.S. Capitol 100 percent smokefree. The U.S. Surgeon General released a report in June of 2006 that found there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and that secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease in those who are exposed to it.

About the American Lung Association: Beginning our second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Lung disease death rates continue to increase while other leading causes of death have declined. The American Lung Association funds vital research on the causes of and treatments for lung disease. With the generous support of the public, the American Lung Association is "Improving life, one breath at a time." For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or log on to http://www.lungusa.org.


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