Tuesday, May 19, 2009

SFT - Not this Year

I am sad to announce that our efforts to remove smoking from all workplaces in the state will not succeed this year. After a long and hard fight it became clear that we were 1 or 2 votes shy of being able to bring SB 544 up for a debate in the Senate. I am proud of the work put in by AHA and our coalition partners to move this issue forward. I am also incredibly grateful for the level of support shown by our You're the Cure advocates on this issue.

With over 81 co-sponsors in the House and over a majority of the Senate in favor we have made significant progress in educating members and securing their support. We will continue to work on passing smoke-free laws in communities throughout Texas to further protect individuals from secondhand smoke and reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke. Thanks again for all your help on this issue.

Brian Bowser
Grassroots Coordinator


Lynne True Simon on June 22, 2009 at 5:32 PM said...

Smoking bans are just one sliding step down the slope toward the total elimination of personal rights. There is no credible data to support the exaggerated claims about the dangers of second-hand smoke. Smoking ban laws are not really about health, anyway -- they are about an attempt to impose the will of a few people on everyone else. Apparently the people who support such laws believe that other people are too lazy and/or irresponsible to make their own decisions. Give me a break and leave our personal rights alone. If these people are successful in effectively outlawing the use of tobacco products, one wonders which personal activity will be the next target.


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