There are more than 7,000 chemical components found in cigarette smoke and hundreds of them are harmful to human health, according to the American Heart Association. Not only is smoking a controllable risk factor for the number one killer in our city, heart disease, but it is a factor that affects more than just the smoker.
Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard for nonsmokers. Nonsmokers who have high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol have an even greater risk of developing heart diseases when they’re exposed to secondhand smoke.
Hospitality workers are more likely to suffer from bronchitis, respiratory infections, chronic illness, and other lung and respiratory problems when exposed to secondhand smoke at work. No worker should ever have to choose between his or her health and a paycheck.
Thanks to the New Orleans smoke-free law, every New Orleans worker can breathe freely. Shouldn’t we protect Baton Rouge employees from toxic secondhand smoke?
Many of us are protected from secondhand smoke but not all of the Baton Rouge workforce is. Every employee deserves to breathe clean air while earning a living.
Let’s follow the lead of our neighbors and say that secondhand smoke in the workplace needs to be eliminated.
We want clean indoor air for all of our Baton Rouge workforce.
Jay Brooks M.D. FACP