Guest Blogger: Erin Bennett, Idaho Government Relations Director
No one should have to choose between their job and their health. Yet, in Idaho, many workers are faced with this choice every day.
In bars, hotels, and even small businesses across the state, gaps in second hand smoke laws leave workers vulnerable to the harmful effects of second hand smoke. In Boise and Ketchum, the AHA joined the Smoke Free Idaho Coalition to support city ordinances to strengthen smoking laws and protect the workers in these cities.
Now, we are working to do the same in Pocatello.
We know the harmful impact second hand smoke can have on an individual- heart disease, stroke, cancer, and many other chronic and critical illnesses are all possible consequences when you breathe second hand smoke on a regular basis. And in Pocatello, many people are at risk while trying to put in a hard day’s work.
We don’t think anyone should have to choose between their health and their job.
The Pocatello City Council discussed a possible smoke free ordinance for the city in a work session held on September 10th. No action has been taken yet, but we want the Pocatello City Council to understand how important it is to ensure all workplaces protect their employees by going smoke free.
We will continue our work and discussions with City Council, constituents, employers and workers to ensure that Pocatello remains a leader in the state, and that smoke free laws are in place to protect all citizens.
If you live in the Pocatello area, we encourage you to contact your Mayor and City Councilmen and ask them to support a Smoke-Free Pocatello.