The AHA/ASA asks you to support Senate Bill 1, the “Take It Outside” Act. SB 1 would prohibit smoking in all indoor workplaces, businesses and public spaces. It would require that those who choose to smoke “take it outside” in order to better protect the health and safety of all workers, patrons and visitors from the disease and premature death caused by secondhand smoke. No one should have to choose between their health and a good job. Due to limitations in local authority, it is time for a statewide law. A statewide law would create a standard with regard to secondhand smoke that puts all businesses and workplaces across Alaska on a level playing field.
Currently, only half of Alaska’s population is covered by a current smoke-free workplace law. A statewide smoke-free indoor workplaces law would update existing Alaska state law to provide comprehensive protection from secondhand smoke for employees and customers in all enclosed workplaces and places of public accommodation. Everyone has the right to breathe smoke-free air.
Alaskans strongly support smoke-free indoor workplaces.
- 4 in 5 Alaska adults support smoke-free workplaces.
- Support for smoke-free indoor workplaces includes a strong majority of current smokers (59%) as well as former smokers (80%).
- Alaskan support for smoke-free indoor workplaces is high throughout all regions of the state, ranging from 75% to 84%
If you haven’t done so already, join the campaign at smokefreealaska.com.