ATLANTA, Oct. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new poll shows overwhelming support among Atlanta
Voters undeniably see secondhand smoke as a health hazard. Some 90 percent say it is a serious or moderate health hazard, including 75 percent who say it is a serious health hazard. The need for protection from secondhand smoke in all workplaces and public places has never been clearer.
"Voters know that secondhand smoke is a health hazard, and this poll shows that they want a strong law protecting their right to breathe clean air," said Andy Freeman, Georgia Government Relations Director, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. "While we safeguard our office workers from secondhand smoke, we still leave workers in bars, restaurants and our airport unprotected. We need to ensure that no workers are left behind when it comes to their health. The City Council should listen to the people of Atlanta and act quickly to make all workplaces smoke-free."
"Secondhand smoke is harmful to everyone, and everyone should be protected from it," said June Deen, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Health Promotions, American Lung Association of the Southeast. "No waitress waiter or bartender should have to choose between health and a paycheck. These hospitality workers have the fewest workplace protections, and that needs to change. It is a matter of fairness – everyone should have the right to breathe clean air at work – period."
"The link between secondhand smoke and cardiovascular disease is clear," said Michael Cortes, Government Relations Director at the Metro Atlanta American Heart Association. "Over 22,000 premature deaths from heart and blood vessel disease are caused by other people's smoke each year. Exposure to secondhand smoke can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke by 20 to 30 percent."
The citywide survey of 500 likely 2018 voters was conducted by Lake Research Partners (August 15-20) and released today by the Smoke-Free Atlanta Coalition.
Among the other poll findings:
The Smoke-Free Atlanta Campaign aims to educate the public about the dangers of secondhand smoke and campaign for comprehensive smoke-free workplaces in Atlanta.
Lake Research Partners designed and administered this survey that was conducted by professional interviewers from August 15-20, 2017.The survey reached a total of 500 likely 2018 voters in Atlanta, Georgia. Telephone numbers were drawn from a voter file sample. The margin of error for the sample is +/-4.4%.
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SOURCE The Smoke-Free Atlanta Campaign
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