There are currently around 1.3 billion smokers in the world, mostly living in low- and middle-income countries. Unless they quit, up to half of them will die prematurely from tobacco-related diseases, including lung cancer, heart disease and stroke and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Tobacco killed 100 million people during the twentieth century, and currently causes around 6 million deaths each year, including over 600 000 deaths among non-smokers that are attributable to exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke. Globally, tobacco is responsible for 12% of all male deaths and 6% of all female deaths. Due to population growth, and the aggressive marketing activities of tobacco companies, tobacco-related deaths are projected to increase, rising from 6 million deaths to around 12 million deaths per year for the period 2025–2050.

 

A variety of theoretical justifications have been put forward to justify public health regulation. It is necessary to implement public awareness campaigns to promote access to information regarding the addictive nature of tobacco use, the health effects of smoking and of second-hand smoke, the benefits of tobacco cessation, and the economic and environmental consequences of tobacco production and consumption.

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The smoke-free environments in medical, educational, sports and cultural facilities, government buildings, public playgrounds, beaches, apartment stairwells, airports and public transportation. I support the movement to make all public places, including bars and, restaurants smoke-free. This is more than a convenience or preference issue. Smoking is the leading cause of avoidable deaths. It costs millions of dollars in healthcare costs and thousands of lives every year. I agree that ordinances that protect all employees, patrons, entertainers, musicians and others in all workplaces, including bars and restaurants, on a local and/or statewide basis should exist.

 

Money in politics. Smoking in public spaces. That’s a tobacco lobbyist’s idea of harmony. Not only that, but it pales in comparison to our health care costs for treating smoking-related illnesses. The vast majority of restaurants are smoke free, by law. Some clubs are smoke free, a few bars are. Most are not. The longer political contributions keep smoking in our public spaces, the longer Big Tobacco will keep making a killing off the people. We’re ready to fight for a smoke-free state. Are you?

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