Target: Alaska State Governor Sean Parnell
Goal: Implement a statewide smoke-free air law
Secondhand smoke is a dangerous health risk to anyone who happens to be around. Although more than half of states have implemented statewide bans on smoking in enclosed public places, Alaska has lagged behind in protecting the health of its citizens. Demand that a statewide law guaranteeing smoke-free air be implemented.
Scientific evidence has emphatically shown that secondhand smoke from tobacco is linked to a slew of health problems. One of these includes heart disease, the number one killer in the United States of both men and women; for such a deadly force, we should be doing everything in our power to help prevent further deaths from its cause. This includes a statewide ban on smoking in all enclosed public spaces, including bars and restaurants.
Even banning smoke from just enclosed public spaces could have a tremendous effect on improving people’s health. Although one might not spend much time in a restaurant or bar, the US Surgeon General announced that there is no amount of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke that is safe. This makes any amount of time around smokers dangerous; while customers may be affected for the short period of time they are around the smoke, workers are forced to be exposed to these health threats for hours on end.
In the US, 28 states have already implemented statewide bans on smoking in enclosed public spaces. Alaska currently has laws that prohibit smoking in schools and many other public places; this is a great start to creating a healthier environment for its citizens. However, it could be doing better by implementing a statewide ban.
By signing the petition below, you will help encourage Alaska’s Governor Sean Parnell to implement a statewide ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces. It’s time for Alaska to join more than half of US states in protecting their citizens’ health.
Dear Governor Parnell,
While more than half of the states in the U.S. have statewide bans on smoking in enclosed public places, Alaska has yet to follow suit. As a danger to health of anyone in the area, secondhand smoke harms people without their consent. Implement a statewide law guaranteeing smoke-free air in all enclosed public spaces.
It has been established beyond a doubt by scientific evidence that secondhand smoke from tobacco is linked to heart disease, the number one killer in the U.S. Not only that, but the U.S. Surgeon General has publicly stated that secondhand smoke is never safe at any level of contact. This means secondhand smoke is not only dangerous to visitors in an establishment for only a short time, but especially the workers who spend hours in an environment inhaling the smoke.
A total of 28 states in the U.S. have implemented statewide bans on smoking in enclosed spaces already. Although Alaska currently has many laws prohibiting smoking in various places, anything short of a statewide ban is allowing countless citizens to have their health needlessly affected.
Please take action to implement a statewide ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces. With all the knowledge we have of the negative effects of secondhand smoke, it is completely irresponsible not to.
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