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Unformatted text preview: experience stuffy or runny noses, watery or burning eyes, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, and other typical allergy symptoms within minutes of exposure. No one should be forced to breathe deadly smoke in a workplace. It is unfair to ask workers to choose between their health and their job, and practically every public establishment is also a workplace, including restaurants and bars. Bartenders and wait staff should not have to face the serious health threat posed by secondhand smoke exposure while on the job (Passive smoking.) In addition, according to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, secondhand smoke is the third-leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Local government officials have the ability to protect the public from such a serious health hazard. Smoking bans can decrease the general publics exposure to secondhand smoke, thus helping to prevent serious illness or even death (Smoking Bans.)...
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- Spring '07