American Lung Association Comments on Smokefree Exceptions Election Results
(November 7, 2018) -
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Yesterday, residents voted ‘yes’ on two policies – “Proposition Smoke-Free with Exceptions” in St. Charles County and Proposition F in St. Louis County – that will create more indoor smoking exemptions. Leah Martin, the director of Advocacy for the American Lung Association in Missouri, commented on the election results.
“These policies are not comprehensive and do not protect our residents and workers from secondhand smoke. The Lung Association will only support a comprehensive smokefree law that would make every workplace smokefree, including restaurants, bars, casinos and private clubs. No one should have to choose between breathing healthy air and a paycheck, no matter where they work. St. Louis County and St. Charles County need to put the health of our residents first to reduce the death and disease associated with tobacco use. Comprehensive smokefree laws that protect all people are the only way to ensure protection from toxic secondhand smoke.
“We look forward to advocating for truly comprehensive smokefree policies in the St. Louis region, with the goal of protecting the health of all citizens and workers, whether they work in an office or a casino.”
About the American Lung Association
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 coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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