23 Reasons To Become A Smoke Free Restaurant [here]
New Mexicans View Second-Hand Smoke As Harmful To Health [here]
- Modern Social Heroes
- The CCAA focused on a number of local businesses that are pioneering
clean indoor air for restaurant workers and customers. They are brave entreprenuers
living in a tradition-bound world. See the feature stories about these
modern social heroes [here].
- Key Facts About Second-Hand Smoke
- Second-hand cigarette smoke is the third leading known cause of cancer
in the U.S. after smoking and radon.
Food service workers appear to be 50% more likely than the general population
to develop lung cancer, largely because many of them are exposed to second-hand
smoke on the job. Teen workers are more likely to be exposed to second-hand
smoke on the job than any other employee age cohort.
Tim Buckley, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, states that second-hand
cigarette smoke "puts you in a league of your own" for high levels
of nitrogen oxides, particulates and volatile organic compounds such as
benzene and toluene.
Did you know that:
smoke is the third leading preventable cause of death in the U.S., killing
an estimated 70,000 nonsmokers every year.
smoke is a cause of lung cancer and, in those with long term exposure,
the increased risk is in the order of 20-30%.
smoke causes up to 300,000 cases of respiratory infections in U.S. children
up to 18 months of age each year.
- In a five year
study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, researchers found that
women exposed to second-hand smoke had a threefold higher risk for cervical
smoke has been found to be a risk factor for asthma, middle ear infection,
bronchitis and pneumonia in children. Among adults, in addition to lung
cancer and heart disease, exposure to second-hand smoke has been associated
with nasal cancer, exacerbation of cystic fibrosis, decreased lung function
and cervical cancer.
smoke contains over 4,700 chemicals, over 200 poisons, and over 50 human
carcinogens. The poisons in cigarette smoke include carbon monoxide, hydrogen
cyanide, and methyl isocyanate. The carcinogens in cigarette smoke include
benzo[a]pyrene and NNK, which cause lung cancer; nitrosamines, which cause
cancer of the lung, respiratory system, and other organs; aromatic amines,
which cause bladder and breast cancer; formaldehyde, which causes nasal
cancer; and benzene, which causes leukemia.
- Over 40,000
studies show that tobacco addiction and second-hand smoke cause disease
and death. Some of the groups that disagree include the anti-health money-grubbing
tobacco industry and Roger Cox and Associates.
In Bars Found To Increase Health of Workers [full
In Restaurants Do Not Hurt Businesses -- They Improve Sales
Smoking bans in restaurants in New York City and Massachusetts have not witnessed negative
effects to overall sales, according to several studies recently published
in the January issue of the JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH MANAGEMENT AND PRACTICE.
Contrary to the initial fears from restaurant owners, the ban on smoking
has actually resulted in increased business and revenue.
Based on taxable sales receipts from restaurants in New York City, researchers
found that restaurant sales in New York City have risen two percent since
January 1995, when the city's smoking ban went into effect, compared to
a four percent loss in restaurant business in other areas of the state.
In Massachusetts, sales receipts showed that restaurant sales in smokefree
towns rose four percent, compared with only a two percent increase in towns
with less restrictive smoking measures. "Some smokers did report dining
out less frequently, but non-smokers, who out-number smokers four to one,
reported dining out more frequently," stated Dr. Andrew Hyland, a researcher
at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute who contributed to the studies.
Send a letter (sample letter -- just print
and mail) to your favorite restaurant. Ask them to go completely smoke-free.
Having a separate section for smoking does not eliminate the exposure to
secondhand smoke. You can't put chlorine in half of a swimming pool, and
you can't keep smoke in half of a restaurant. Remember, when the air in
the restaurant is clean, the food will taste better. Mention that you will
be willing to come back more often -- and bring your friends!
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