Why should all indoor workplaces in Alaska be smoke-free? The U.S. Surgeon General has declared that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. It is a serious health hazard, causing heart disease and cancer. The 2006 surgeon general’s report states “the evidence is sufficient to infer a causal relationship between exposure to secondhand smoke and increased risks of coronary heart disease among both men and women.” Further evidence suggests that exposure to secondhand smoke can also result in adverse health effects, including heart disease, in nonsmoking adults. For more information on why we support limiting secondhand smoke exposure, please visit here.
Currently, more than half of Alaskans live in communities with smoke-free workplace laws in place, but the remaining population lives in areas that are unable to enact smoke-free workplace laws due to limited power in the local government. We support statewide legislation to make Alaska a healthier place to live.
Please join the campaign by visiting: http://smokefreealaska.com/.