On June 1, 2009, Nebraska joined the growing list of states to implement a Clean Indoor Air law, thereby reducing the exposure to secondhand smoke within our state. According to the Surgeon General's report, there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke - any exposure to tobacco smoke is harmful. In recognition of the 5th anniversary of this law, we want to provide Nebraskans with the resources available to further reduce the impact of tobacco on our state. If you are thinking of quitting smoking, there are resources available to you! And, it's important to know your rights related to clean indoor air.
We are proud of Nebraska for taking this important step toward better health and reducing the impact of tobacco across our state.
According to the Nebraska Adult Tobacco Survey, Joseph M. Acierno, Director of the Division of Public Health and Chief Medical Office for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, stated that, "support for the law remains high at 86 percent, and 90 percent of non-smokers support the law, with smokers’ support for the law increasing from 39 percent before the law went into effect in 2008 to 62 percent in 2012.” For more on this article in the Scottsbluff Star Herald, CLICK HERE.
To read the Surgeon General's report on the impact of second hand smoke, CLICK HERE.
To access the Nebraska Health and Human Services Smoke Free Nebraska site for additional resources, CLICK HERE.