Why are Tobacco Free Outdoor Policies Important?
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Businesses and Municipalities are developing outdoor smoking policies because there is both scientific and legal justification to support implementing bans: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has classified secondhand smoke as a Class A Carcinogen placing it in the same category as radon, benzene, and asbestos. Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 substances, over 40 of which are known to cause cancer in humans and many of which are strong irritants. The Surgeon General has declared that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke. United States Courts have declared that there is no legal "right to smoke" and smoking is not a protected activity under the U.S. Constitution. People should not be forced to walk through a wall of smoke when entering public buildings. It can trigger allergies, asthma attacks and other breathing problems. Community Partnerships like STTAC are working with businesses and municipalities to create more entryway smoking bans. If your municipality or business in interested in developing a tobacco free grounds or worksite policy please contact STTAC at (607) 937-9922 or email us at Coordinator@sttac.org. We can provide you with guidance and give you policy templates to help you create a policy that works for your business or municipality. STTAC may also be able to provide tobacco free signs. Additional information and help may also be found at the Tobacco Policy Center: www.tobaccopolicycenter.orgInstitute for Human Services