\U.S. Surgeon General, Richard Carmona revealed his study's fidnings yesterday. "The debate is over the science is clear. Second hand smoke is not a mere annoyance but a serious health hazard that causes premature death and disease in children and non smoking adults."
Strong words by the surgeon general, and those who want to restrict smoking in public places here in Nevada hope such words will bolster their campaign efforts."This is certainly perfect timing for us in terms of a good report with good data and good facts and information. " says the initiatives Brooke Wong.
Wong is with the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act campaign. The group which hopes Nevada voters will choose to ban smoking at schools, child care facilities, grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants, most bars, taverns, and saloons, hotel and motel rooms, and indoor places of employment.
She and her colleagues believe this statement yesterday by the surgeon generals office will convince voters when it comes to second hand smoke.,,,there's no place to hide. According to the Surgeon General, "There is no safe level of second hand smoke."
Backers of the "Responsibly Protect Nevadans from Secondhand Smoke" don't disagree with Carmona on that statement, but they don't agree with all of his findings in the 700-page report. The measures spokesman Lee Haney who represents bar and tavern owners as well as the gambling industry says Nevada has a unique reliance on tourists particularly those who like to smoke at restaurants, bars and hotel rooms. Haney says "Nevadans don't have an appetite to completely ban smoking"