Let's Get The Facts

Why We Need to Be A Smoke-free America

  • No one should have to choose between their health and their job. Everyone has the right the right to breathe smoke-free air at work.

  • The science is clear: there is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure.

  • Secondhand smoke is an occupational hazard for many workers including casino, restaurant, bar, and hotel employees.

  • Service employees, along with musicians and entertainers, breathe more secondhand smoke while at work than any other type of employee, and suffer from the same illnesses as smokers.

  • Blue Collar employees are less likely than white-collar indoor workers to be covered by smoke-free polices.

The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke Exposure

  • Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals. Hundreds are toxic and about 70 can cause cancer. Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer in adults who have never smoked.

  • Secondhand smoke causes nearly 42,000 deaths, including more than 3,000 lung cancer deaths among nonsmoking adults each year.

  • Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at work increase their risk of developing lung cancer by 20–30%.

  • Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke are inhaling many of the same cancer-causing substances as smokers.

  • Breathing secondhand smoke can have immediate adverse effects on your blood and blood vessels, increasing the risk of having a heart attack.

  • People who already have heart disease are at especially high risk of suffering adverse effects from breathing secondhand smoke and should take special precautions to avoid even brief exposures.

 

Make your environment of work or leisure a smoke-free one. It may save your life, or someone you love theirs.  Join our fight now!

Dr. Winston H. Gandy:

Medical Doctor Winston Gandy Speaks Out

About The Dangers Of Smoking And Secondhand Smoke Exposure

Joins The Smoke-free Atlanta Campaign

 

He is a doctor of medicine and cardiology is his specialty.  Doctor Winston Gandy comes forth to talk about what he has seen in terms of the effects of first, second and third hand smoke on the numerous patients he treats for matters of the heart in his Atlanta medical offices.  This passionate physician feels it necessary to speak out about the dangers of smoking as he joins the Smoke-free Atlanta Campaign.

Doctor Gandy’s passion and interest in this issue is genuine because he is on the front line of treating those who have been affected by smoking, including second and third hand smoke.  “Lung cancer, diabetes, and a host of other related diseases that have the potential to destroy another generation of our young people”, says the cardiologist.  “These issues must be addressed”.

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