Public Smoking Ban

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Klingensmith 1 Michael Klingensmith Mr. Steiner En 111-72 November 30, 2006 “Public Smoking Ban in Ohio” On Tuesday November 7, 2006 the voters throughout the state of Ohio passed issue 5, which prohibits smoking in public places and places of employment. Ohio and 12 additional states joined California’s original movement to ban smoking in public places throughout the state. The passage of this law still allots smoking outside of public places, as well as in cars and private places as well. The law creates tension and there are quality arguments supporting both sides. The passing of Issue 5 may effect state revenues and, however studies show that second hand smoke causes premature death and provides a risk of serious disease in smokers and non-smokers alike. Issue 5 will not be put into effect until January 2007, will this new law potentially effect state revenues and help increase the overall health of the population? The law was just instituted to help protect the health of non-smokers as well as employees of public facilities. Supporters of the law look to protect the health of all state residents, it is the best step ever taken in response to the protection from second-hand smoke. The Environmental Protection Agency classified second-hand smoke as a known cause of cancer in humans. It is estimated that second-hand smoke is responsible for 3,400 lung cancer deaths, and anywhere between 22,700 and 69,600 heart disease deaths in non-smokers annually. Those who are employers in the workplaces throughout Ohio
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Klingensmith 2 as well as the United States are affected too. Businesses are hit financially when they are forced to pay workers compensation due to the exposure of second hand smoke daily. The employees also experience major effects in that they are 17% more likely to develop lung cancer as well. (lungusa.org) New York put their state smoking ban into effect in July 2003. Just before the instating of the ban a team recruited 24 non- smokers who worked in smoky restaurants and venues. All 24 participants were tested for cotinine, a by-product of nicotine present in their saliva. They were all questioned about their everyday smoke exposure and also about smoke related symptoms; such as itchy eyes, runny noses, wheezes, and coughs. The test was repeated multiple times, three monthsw, six months, and one full year preceding the ban. During the year the number of hours of smoke exposure decreased from 12 to 0.2 total hours. Cotinine levels were cut by 80%. Lastly the employees who suffered from irritated eyes, noses and throats was cut in half. (NYC breathes Easy) Restaurants attempt to filter out the smoke and create a safe environment for customers and employees, however despite their attempts to clean the air, and the buildings ventilation system still do not guarantee extermination of second-hand smoke. For years restaurants have separated smokers and non-smokers into sections. Yet even the vented sections that permit smoking only solve some indoor air quality
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