The American Heart Association applauds the city of Kearney, MO and its Board of Alderman for voting to approve a new comprehensive smoke-free law!
Kearney is located approximately 25 miles northeast of Kansas City. Approximately 9,038 residents will be breathing clean indoor air now. The new law should go into effect within 30 days.
An estimated 35,000 non-smokers die from coronary heart disease each year as a direct result of exposure to secondhand smoke. Numerous studies show that heart attack rates tend to decline after the implementation of strong smoke-free laws.
Congratulations to everyone in Kearney who played a role in helping secure this victory!