Monday, October 27, 2008

Indy Star Editorial

Here is a great Editorial in today's Indianapolis Star by American Cancer Society staffer Laura Furst. I think she makes an excellent point, how can we be green if there is still secondhand smoke and all its harmful chemicals still indoors?

City won't be truly green until it's also smoke-free

Posted: October 27, 2008

In regard to The Star's recent editorial on SustainIndy, an important element of any green initiative was missing. Indianapolis deserves a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance. We need safe, breathable indoor air too.
Exposure to secondhand smoke is the third most preventable cause of death in the nation. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies secondhand smoke as a Class A carcinogen, a class reserved for the most dangerous substances, such as asbestos and radon.
All workers deserve protection from secondhand smoke, including those in offices, factories, bowling alleys and taverns.
Of the top 15 cities, Indianapolis is one of only four that do not have a comprehensive smoke-free workplace ordinance and one of two without smoke-free bars. I ask the City-County Council and Mayor Greg Ballard to make this "world class city" a smoke-free one.

Laura Furst

Indiana Campaign Coordinator, American Cancer Society

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