Illegal To Smoke



It may soon be illegal to smoke in your own backyard. Sound drastic? Look again.

As long ago as 1997 Utah declared that secondhand smoke in the state could be considered a public nuisance.

In February of 2006 Calabasas, California, passed a nuisance law, and banned smoking outdoors in any area accessible to the public.

And most recently, Dublin, California, passed a law in August, declaring secondhand smoke to be a nuisance.

The reason given: The Air Resources Board found clear links between secondhand smoke and respiratory system cancer, heart disease, asthma, and middle ear infections. Studies show that Sudden Infant Death Syndrome was the cause of the death of over 400 children.

Secondhand smoke also causes cancer and illness in family pets.

The solution? Either work to keep these laws from being passed elsewhere, or improve your own health by stopping smoking.


Author: Marilyn Pokorney
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