Archive for Thursday, September 10, 2009

Letter: Smoke-free Kansas

September 10, 2009

To the editor:

As the executive vice president of the American Heart Association’s Midwest Affiliate and Kansas resident, I applaud Gov. Mark Parkinson’s pursuit of a statewide clean indoor air law.

The governor clearly recognizes the dangers of secondhand smoke and how vital it is for all Kansans to avoid exposure to this life-threatening product. We appreciate the governor’s guidance as we work to join the 27 other states that have already passed smoke-free legislation.

Exposure to secondhand smoke is associated with health risks in both children and adults. Because of these dangers, 35,052 nonsmokers die from coronary heart disease (CHD) each year as a result of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.

The Kansas Health Policy Authority estimates nearly 4,000 Kansans die each year from smoking-related diseases, including 290 blamed on secondhand smoke.

We look forward to the 2010 legislative session with great optimism that this will be the year for clean indoor air and a healthier Kansas!

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to working with you to make Kansas a smoke-free state!

Kevin Harker

Executive Vice President, Midwest Affiliate, American Heart Association

Comments

generalsn 4 years, 10 months ago

Finally, Pfizer got caught using illegal marketing practices. Just a reminder of the sources of the bans, more concerned with "social change" than the bans themselves:

http://www.rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?ia=143&id=14912

And what the 99 million dollars was going to. Note on page seven the "inside -out", provision going for patios later, AFTER business owners spend thousands of dollars to build them to accommodate their smoking customers, clearly showing that the tobacco control activists have ABSOLUTLY NO CONCERN about local issues or businesses.

http://www.no-smoke.org/pdf/CIA_Fundamentals.pdf

Here's the "model ban" from page eight that many communities copied, printed, and passed. It's the "smoking ban for dummies" It only takes a few minutes to fill in the blanks naming your community, the administrators names, and blanks to customize it to your community according to the width of your sidewalks. This helps to hide the fact that well paid, professional roving lobbyists badger lawmakers to pass these bans.

http://www.no-smoke.org/document.php?id=229

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