Child Safety and Welfare Round four: Statewide Smoking Ban returns to legislative discussion

Round four: Statewide Smoking Ban returns to legislative discussion

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On Sept. 8, the Health Finance Commission heard testimony on the impact of a proposed statewide smoking ban. The commission heard from various health and business organizations.

The Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air provided multiple speakers, including Illinois State Senator Terry Link.  Sen. Link sponsored the Smoke-Free Illinois Act, one of the most comprehensive smoking bans in the United States, which took effect January 1, 2008. The act requires public places and places of employment to be completely smoke-free inside and within 15 feet from entrances, exits, windows that open and ventilation intakes.

According to the Center for Disease Control Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death, disease, and disability in the US. Each year, around 443,000 people die from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and another 8.6 million suffer from a serious illness from smoking. Two new CDC reports indicate that, despite the dangers of tobacco use, about 46.6 million adults in the U.S. smoke, and 88 million nonsmokers are exposed to secondhand smoke.

The committee will meet again on October 28 to discuss language for legislation.

For more from the CDC, see their report on tobacco use, smoking and second hand smoke (PDF)>>