The Surgeon General's Report concluded that, "Establishing smokefree workplaces is the only effective way to ensure that secondhand smoke exposure does not occur in the workplace." Geraci stated, "The report's conclusions make the need for strong and immediate action clear: No one should have to choose between their job and their health. Everyone has the right to breathe clean, smokefree air."
As the Surgeon General's Report concludes, the evidence is also clear that smokefree laws protect health without harming business. Dozens of studies and hard economic data have shown that smokefree laws do not harm sales or employment in restaurants and bars.
The growing evidence that secondhand smoke harms health, but smokefree laws do not harm business, has spurred the growing, bipartisan momentum across the country to pass smokefree laws. Sixteen Kentucky communities have passed smokefree laws. In the United States, 24 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Ricohave passed smokefree laws that cover restaurants and bars. The states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont and Washington.
To view an electronic press kit including a summary of the poll results and color slides visit: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/pressoffice/kentuckypoll/2008/
Public Opinion Strategies conducted the telephone survey of voters in
Boone, Kenton, and Campbell Counties. The survey was completed June 3-5,
2008 among 250 registered voters in each count
|SOURCE Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids|
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