Smoke Free Air in Boone County
Secondhand smoke kills people. Policies that restrict smoking in public places not only saves lives, but they help smokers quit. We have ordinances in place in restaurants and businesses that regulate the handling of our food and water, but none that regulate the quality of the air we breathe.
In these tough economic times, everyone deserves a workplace that is healthy and free of toxins. Secondhand smoke creates a dangerous work environment. Good jobs can be hard to come by these days; no one should have to decide between a job and their health.
Where Hoosiers Stand
- Over 90% of Indiana adults believe that secondhand smoke contains harmful chemicals.
- Hoosiers are aware of health effects related to secondhand smoke exposure; in fact, 84% of Indiana adults expressed their concern over this issue.
- The majority of Hoosiers, 77%, believe that secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard for bar workers and 70% of the people believe secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard for restaurant workers
- Nearly 95% of Hoosiers believe that secondhand smoke causes respiratory problems in children and 85% of Hoosiers believe that secondhand smoke causes lung cancer.
- Between 2002 and 2006, more Hoosiers adopted 100% smoke-free rules at home. Three out of four Hoosiers have household rules that prohibit smoking anywhere in the home. This is an increase of 23% since 2002.
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Secondhand Smoke Kills
Each year in the United States, an estimated 50,000 deaths are attributable to secondhand smoke breathed by nonsmokers. Of these deaths, 3,000 are due to lung cancer, 46,000 due to heart disease and approximately 430 to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) each year.
Beginning July 1, 2012, smoking will be prohibited in the following places:
- Most places of employment
- Most public places
- The area within (8) eight feet of a public entrance to a public place or a place of employment
- Any vehicle owned, leased, or operated by the state if the vehicle is being used for a governmental function
Smoking will continue to be permitted in the following places:
- Bars and taverns
- Tobacco retail shops
- Cigar bars
- Hookah bars
- State licensed gaming facilities
- Licensed horse track facilities
- Membership clubs*
To learn more about the State Smoke-Free Air Law and it’s affects on you, your business or your favorite public places, please visit link: http://www.in.gov/isdh/tpc/2684.htm