Nola.com published the below letter to the editor by Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, in support of the proposed smokefree ordinance for New Orleans.
No one should have to risk her health to earn a paycheck. Nor should someone have to sacrifice his right to breathe clean air to enjoy a night out. Unfortunately, many residents and visitors of New Orleans face those choices every day.
Bars and casinos remain exempt from the state's smoke-free law. As a result, tens of thousands of workers, tourists and residents remain subjected to hazardous secondhand smoke. The City Council is getting ready to consider a citywide smoke-free law, which will protect everyone in New Orleans by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke in all public and work places. This issue is about public health. It is time that all workers, including those in casinos and bars, have protections from secondhand smoke.
Secondhand smoke is unquestionably dangerous to nonsmokers. It contains more than 7,000 chemicals, hundreds of them toxic and at least 69 of them cancer-causing. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, secondhand smoke causes heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults and respiratory problems, sudden infant death syndrome and more in infants and children.
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A public hearing on the proposed ordinance will be held this Wednesday, January 7, at 10 AM at New Orleans City Hall, 1300 Perdido Street. We invite all You're the Cure advocates in New Orleans to help us pack the house. With your support, we can help protect employees and patrons from the harms of secondhand smoke.