American Heart Association volunteer Jeff Reilly, COO Bon Secours Charity Health System recently joined with Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski to announce new legislation that would add hotel and motel rooms to the list of places where smoking is restricted under the Clean Indoor Air Act (A.8371). Currently, the Clean Indoor Air Act exempts hotels and motel guest rooms from the list of prohibited places. This legislation guarantees that all overnight guests - and hotel workers - can rely on an environment that doesn’t promote disease.
Smoking is the leading preventable cause of heart disease. The risk of developing heart disease is about 25-30 per cent higher among people exposed to environmental smoke at home or work. There is no safe level of secondhand smoke. Secondhand tobacco smoke contributes to about 34,000 premature heart disease deaths and is responsible for a myriad of respiratory illnesses and cancer.
New York would join five other states that have enacted similar bans on smoking in hotel rooms. In addition, several hotel chains have voluntarily imposed smoking bans in their hotels. Thank you Assemblyman Zebrowski for leading this effort!