On May 1st, the American Lung Association, American Heart Association, Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco, and statewide health advocates made a stand for comprehensive clean indoor air for all workers in Pennsylvania. The cry “No More Exemptions” was heard by lawmakers at the State Capitol.
Pennsylvania enacted a Clean Indoor Air law in 2008, but as beneficial as that law was, it was not perfect. That law has several exemptions that allow workers and patrons at thousands of Pennsylvania businesses to be exposed to secondhand smoke. These business exemptions include:
- Bars, with 20 percent or less revenue from food sales
- Casinos (up to 50 percent of the gaming floor)
- Private Clubs
- Tobacco Shops
- Cigar Bars
- Truck stops with shower facilities
Comprehensive clean indoor air legislation would prohibit smoking in all indoor workplaces and public places, with no exemptions. A comprehensive clean indoor air law would protect all workers and the public from the harmful pollutants, including carcinogens, of secondhand smoke exposure and would provide a level playing field for all businesses across the Commonwealth.