A coalition of Texas public health organizations this week launched a radio advertising campaign about the need for a comprehensive, statewide smoke-free workplace law that protects all Texans from the serious health hazards of secondhand smoke.
The new advertising campaign focuses on the serious health risks of secondhand smoke, the growing number of states that have enacted comprehensive smoke-free laws and the strong public support for a comprehensive law in Texas.
"What's Texas waiting for? With a comprehensive statewide smoke-free law, we can protect everyone's right to breathe clean air," the radio ad states.
The ad campaign is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, HCSIA, Lance Armstrong Foundation, March of Dimes, Texas Medical Association and the Texas PTA. It is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
"Secondhand smoke is a proven cause of lung cancer, heart disease and other serious illnesses," said Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. "With a comprehensive smoke-free law in Texas, we can ensure that no one has to choose between their health and their paycheck."
Melinda Little, co-manager of Smoke-Free Texas, added, "It would be totally unacceptable for Texas to have two classes of citizens—those we protect and those we don't protect from the deadly pollutants in secondhand smoke."
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For more information, visit: www.smokefreetexas.org.