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The American Lung Association needs your help to make your community and every community smokefree! The American Lung Association has issued its Smokefree Air Challenge to all communities and states: Pass comprehensive smokefree legislation. Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard that kills almost 50,000 non-smoking Americans each year.
Twenty-eight states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have answered the American Lung Association's Smokefree Air Challenge by passing comprehensive smokefree air laws that protect all workers and patrons from exposure to secondhand smoke. This is tremendous progress.
Unfortunately, there are still many communities and states that do not have smokefree air laws, leaving millions of Americans exposed to potentially lethal secondhand smoke in restaurants, workplaces, and other public places.
With your help and our aggressive campaign, we can achieve our goal of a Smokefree United States. But, we can only do it if you help keep the pressure on your elected officials. Not only do smokefree laws reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, but they also increase the number of people who quit smoking and also discourage kids from starting to smoke.
In 2006, the U.S. Surgeon General released a report stating that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. The report also concludes that eliminating smoking in all indoor spaces is the only way to fully protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke. We believe - as we know you do as well – that everyone should be able to work in a smokefree environment. People should not have to risk their health through exposure to tobacco smoke in order to make a living.
You can help make a difference in the lives of Americans across the country. Together, we can make every community in the U.S. smokefree.
Support the American Lung Association's Smokefree Air Challenge
Dear [Decision Maker],
I support the American Lung Association's Smokefree Air Challenge and call on state and local policymakers to protect all people from the dangers of secondhand smoke now.Please make my community smokefree. A smokefree community:*protects all workers and patrons from the dangers of secondhand smoke. People should not have to risk their lives through exposure to secondhand smoke in order to make a living.*reduces the death and disease associated with secondhand smoke.*motivates smokers to quit.*reduces the number of people who start smoking.All Americans deserve to work, study and play in smokefree environments.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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