American Lung Association Applauds Fort Worth City Council’s Passage of Smokefree Ordinance
(December 13, 2017) -
The American Lung Association in Texas lauds Fort Worth for passing an ordinance that prohibits smoking in public places and work places. Fort Worth is the last major Texas metro area to adopt such a law.
“The passage of this law is a huge step forward in protecting Fort Worth residents from the dangers of secondhand smoke,” said Holly Motteram, executive director of the American Lung Association in Texas. “This comprehensive smokefree policy covers all public places and workplaces, including bars and bingo halls, meaning virtually all workers are protected from inhaling dangerous fumes while on the job. E-cigarettes were also included in the ordinance protecting residents from secondhand aerosol, which the U.S. Surgeon General has found is not harmless and contains harmful and potentially harmful chemicals. Secondhand smoke and aerosol is simply not good for our lungs, at any exposure, and policies like this prevent people from breathing in toxic chemicals whether they are out socializing or at work. We commend the Fort Worth City Council for voting to adopt this smokefree policy and putting clean air and healthy lungs first.”
About the American Lung Association in Texas
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit the newly redesigned website: Lung.org.