Press Release – Secondhand Smoke Study

15 07 2008

The following press release was sent out by the Campaign for Smoke Free Air.  I haven’t posted anything about the smoking ban for a while because the state legislator is on summer break.  They will be coming back next week to take up a few issues.  Could the smoking ban be one of them?  I have no idea.

LANSING– Recent declines in the exposure of U.S. residents to deadly secondhand smoke is attributable to smokefree workplace policies like the one currently being held hostage in the Michigan House of Representatives. A new study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals the exposure levels of secondhand smoke have declined significantly among the U.S. population between 1988-1994 and 1999-2004.

This study is another testament to the need for a smokefree worksite law, including restaurants, bars and casinos,” said Judy Stewart, spokesperson for the Campaign for Smokefree Air. “It’s becoming clearer every day that exposure to secondhand smoke is dangerous and the only way to combat those dangers is to have a smokefree law in place.”

The analysis was conducted on nonsmokers using data from the 1988-1994 and 1999-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. More than 17,000 participants were a part of each sampling. When tested, 46 percent of participants tested had nicotine in their blood in the 1999-2004 samples, compared to more than 84 percent of participants had nicotine present in their blood in the 1988-1994 samples. The U.S. Surgeon General has determined that protection from secondhand smoke can only be accomplished by completely eliminating smoking in indoor places.

According to the study, published in the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the primary source of secondhand smoke exposure for adults is in the workplace. The study shows that there is a need for ongoing prevention efforts to protect all people from the harmful health effects of secondhand smoke exposure, especially those at greatest risk who work in establishments where smoking is permitted.

Secondhand smoke kills as many as 2,400 Michigan residents per year and still Michigan has yet to pass comprehensive statewide smokefree legislation.

It’s time for all workers in Michigan to be protected from secondhand smoke in the workplace and Speaker Andy Dillon has the power to make that happen by allowing a concurrence vote on House Bill 4163,” Stewart said. “People need to contact Speaker Dillon’s office and urge him to stop gambling with the lives of Michigan workers.”

The CDC study can be found at www.cdc.gov/mmwr.

 

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5 responses

15 07 2008
Pete

I suggest that everyone contact their local legislator and urge them to pass some sort of smoking ban this year. Workers and patrons both deserve safe indoor environments. MIchigan has fallen behind most neighboring states on this issue and something should be done about it as soon as possible.

16 07 2008
Mike

I doubt anything will happen before fall. As I’ve said before the Michigan anti-smoking activists’ stance on no exemptions of any kind puts themselves in the position of seemingly not knowing how laws are made — through compromise.

The anti-smoking groups seem to have been caught off-guard that there would be such a fight over exempting casinos and cigar bars, etc. They should have seen it all coming.

16 07 2008
Mid-Michigan Dining

I agree. Nothing before the election. If I had to guess if anything was going to be done, it’d be during the lame duck session in December.

17 07 2008
Mike

If the anti-smoking groups were practical, they would lobby the Senate to give serious consideration to the House’s bill, whether the Senate wants to exempt the casinos or not. By demanding the House pass HB 4163, which is now a bill written entirely by anti-smoking advocates that ignores all changes the House wanted, they’re risking getting nothing passed in 2008.

And as a side note, the press release doesn’t mention that the vast majority of casinos in Michigan will still have smoking, even if HB 4163 is passed, since they’re owned by Indian tribes.

17 07 2008
Mid-Michigan Dining

haha…of course they left that out…

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