American Lung Association Statement on Passage of Atlanta Smokefree Ordinance
(July 2, 2019) - ATLANTA
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Statement of June Deen, Senior Director of Advocacy of the American Lung Association in Georgia, in response to today’s City Council vote in favor of a smokefree air ordinance for the City of Atlanta:
“The American Lung Association in Georgia applauds the Atlanta City Council for today’s vote to provide a smokefree environment for all workplaces and public places in the city. Atlanta residents, workers and visitors will no longer be subjected to the significant dangers of secondhand smoke as they enjoy the many benefits of our fair city. We commend Councilmember Matt Westmoreland, sponsor of this ordinance, for his leadership in shepherding the measure through Council.
“The Atlanta Smokefree Air Ordinance will improve lung health on many fronts. The American Lung Association in Georgia is especially pleased that Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport has now joined the ranks of many of the busiest airports in the U.S. that are smokefree such as Los Angeles International, Chicago O’Hare and John F. Kennedy International. The ordinance also curbs the use of e-cigarettes in workplaces as well as bars and restaurants. Atlanta can be proud of this stand for worker protection from the dangers of secondhand smoke. It will also reduce death and diseases associated with secondhand smoke, motivate smokers to quit, and reduce the number of people who start smoking.
“Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard causing or making worse a number of diseases and conditions, including lung cancer, asthma and other lung diseases. It is responsible for over 41,000 deaths per year nationwide. The American Lung Association in Georgia hopes this action by Atlanta will spur other communities in Georgia to follow the city’s lead and protect their residents from exposure to secondhand smoke and aerosol from e-cigarettes.”
Learn more about the Smokefree Atlanta campaign at SmokefreeAtl.org. For media interested in speaking with an expert about lung health, contact the American Lung Association at [email protected] or 312-801-7628.
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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