How Important is it to be 100% Smoke Free?

March 28, 2011

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CBS News, with the help of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, has found some of the smokiest cities in America and shows exactly why: They're places where elected officials have refused to take strong action to protect everyone’s right to breathe clean air.

Among them are known hot spots for secondhand smoke, such as cities in Oklahoma, where state law prohibits local governments from enacting strong smoke-free policies.  And Texas, where the lack of a statewide smoke-free law leaves a patchwork of some communities that are protected and too many that are not.

Then there is Indianapolis — one of the last large U.S. cities without a comprehensive smoke-free law that protects the health of ALL employees and customers.

There are no pretty pictures in this rogue's gallery of public health laggards.