Thursday, August 27, 2009

Conroe Goes Smoke-Free, Waco Might Be Next

Earlier today the Conroe City Council voted in favor of going smoke-free! The ordinance that was passed unanimously will include all bars and restaurants and will give protection to thousands of workers, residents, and visitors of the community just north of Houston.

This is a big victory especially considering that just a few weeks ago all of the proposed ordinances included loopholes for many bars and restaurants. With the help of You’re the Cure volunteers in the area we were able to educate the City Council on the benefits of making all workplaces smoke-free. The Council heard our message and voted in favor up public health and workplace health!

Yesterday the Smoke-Free Waco coalition held a rally in front of City Hall to urge decision makers to make Waco the next smoke-free city.

The crowd heard from AHA Board Member and You’re the Cure advocate Jennifer Jenkins:

“Yet numerous studies of objective data, like sales tax receipts, show that going smoke-free does not adversely impact the hospitality industry; in fact, these businesses ultimately save money on health care costs, insurance, cleaning and other indirect costs of secondhand smoke.”

Do you live in a smoke-free city? If so, for how long and how are you enjoying it?


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