While we’ve debated Smoke Free DC before, and some
fools people continue to say its about “choice”, U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona has just issue a definitive report about second-hand smoke. To quote the WashPost article:
Secondhand smoke dramatically increases the risk of heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmokers and can be controlled only by making indoor spaces smoke-free, according to a comprehensive report issued yesterday by U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona.
“The health effects of secondhand smoke exposure are more pervasive than we previously thought,” Carmona said. “The scientific evidence is now indisputable: Secondhand smoke is not a mere annoyance. It is a serious health hazard that can lead to disease and premature death in children and nonsmoking adults.”
Hear that you pro-smoke people? Let me repeat it for you again: “The scientific evidence is now indisputable: Secondhand smoke is not a mere annoyance. It is a serious health hazard..”
So, without further delay or deliberation, let us be Smoke Free DC.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs