Park Ridge, IL (PRWEB) December 16, 2005
neaclear supports a smoke-free Chicago.
neaclear applauds the City Council for passing an ordinance that protects all workers and patrons of Chicago restaurants and bars from the effects of secondhand smoke. This is a goal we have all been working towards for more than ten years. It is important that Chicago protect all workers from the dangers of secondhand smoke, and this is what the ordinance will achieve. Although most workplaces in Chicago (including restaurants) will be smoke-free in mid-January 2006, the ordinance does allow 2-1/2 years before phasing in bars.
Wednesday's vote ended months of emotional debate over this issue, adding Chicago to the growing list of American cities that are smoke free. After weeks and months of posturing, debating, and cajoling, the Chicago City Council approved a smoke-free ordinance. That means, as of January 16, all restaurants must go smoke free, but bars and taverns will be allowed time to transition to a no smoking environment. The biggest winners Wednesday were the smoke-free forces, the Cancer Society and Lung Association.
Studies had shown that Chicago restaurants are up to six times more polluted than Lower Wacker Drive at rush hour. People who are exposed to secondhand smoke have 25 to 35% higher coronary death rates. Non-smoking workers in a smoking facility have a 16-19 % increased risk of developing lung cancer. neaclear believes there can be no compromise on health. A smoking ban is what was needed. The rights of non-smokers must be protected.
“We think of automobile pollution as bad for health,” says Dr. Sam Speron, plastic surgeon, skin care expert and consumer advocate. “However, the level of secondhand smoke in some restaurants and bars is many times more dangerous. Restaurant and bar workers often have no choice over their working conditions and are paying the price with their health. This is a huge step for improving public health in the city of Chicago. And let's not also forget, smoking is terrible for your skin!”
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