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Northern Kentucky Voters Support Smokefree Workplaces
Date:7/9/2008

," said Creighton B. Wright MD, FACS, FACC, a local cardiovascular and thoracic physician and volunteer for the American Heart Association. "We feel that the county governments should listen to the people and take action to pass a smokefree law, but it must be comprehensive to protect all workers and patrons from the dangers of secondhand smoke." In addition to the support for a smokefree workplace law, other findings of the survey include:

-- Voters understand the health hazards of secondhand smoke. Seventy-six (76) percent of voters feel that exposure to secondhand smoke is a serious (52 percent) or moderate (24 percent) health hazard.

-- Voters feel all workers should be protected from secondhand smoke. Seventy-nine (79) percent of Northern Kentucky voters agree that all workers should be protected from exposure to secondhand smoke in the workplace.

-- Voters place priority on the right of employees and customers to breathe clean air in restaurants and bars. Concerns about exposure to secondhand smoke translate to the very strong belief among voters (by a margin of 64 percent to 29 percent) that the right of employees and customers to breathe clean air in restaurants and bars is more important than the right of smokers to smoke and owners to allow smoking in these places.

Northern Kentucky voters also feel that the region's hospitality establishments would be healthier and more enjoyable if they were smokefree. Eight out of 10 voters (83 percent) believe that these places would be healthier under a smokefree law, and 80 percent want to be able to enjoy restaurants and bars in their community without smelling like smoke at the end of the evening.

In 2006, former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona released a landmark report on secondhand smoke. The report confirmed that exposure to secondhand smoke causes cancer, heart disease and serious lung ailments. Secondhand smoke contains dozens of carcinogens and more than 4,000 chemical
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