Oklahoma is long due for an update to its indoor smoking policies. The American Heart Association, and its partners in the Oklahoma Clean Air Coalition, are working right now to change that.
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Every year, approximately 42,000 people in the U.S. die from diseases caused by exposure to secondhand smoke.
Workers in the hospitality and service industries, such as waitstaff and bartenders here in Oklahoma are significantly less protected and more likely to suffer from bronchitis, respiratory infections, chronic illness, and other lung and respiratory problems.
Each year, Oklahoma spends $1.62 Billion on smoking-related health care costs and loses $2.1 Billion in smoking-caused lost productivity. With financial and human costs as high as these, we can't afford to sit on the sidelines anymore.
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