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Jul 24 2013
Proud to Be Smoke Free

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Clean Indoor Air Act in New Your State. The historic 2003 law prohibited smoking inside almost all workplaces, bars, restaurants, bowling facilities, taverns and bingo halls. Numerous studies and health experts, including the US Surgeon General, have determined that second hand smoke is deadly. It causes numerous cancers, respiratory issues in adults and children, and elevates risk for heart attack, stroke and coronary artery disease in people who are exposed to second hand smoke.

Pregnant women exposed to second hand smoke have an increased risk of having babies who fail to develop appropriately. In fact, it is determined the NYS Bureau of Tobacco Control that countless lives have been saved in NYS since the passing of the Clean Indoor Air Act in 2003.

Before it passed, there was fierce opposition to this law and many stated it would be the end of the bar and restaurant business in New York. However, the hospitality industry has flourished and many areas have seen record increases in bar and restaurant business and employment. This legislation was in fact a major victory for those working in the hospitality industry who were sometimes faced with deciding between a paycheck and their health. 

Despite the success of this law and the countless lives that have been saved, smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and kills more than 25,000 New Yorkers every year. Smoking related healthcare costs top $8 billion annually in New York State including $5.4 billion in Medicaid costs.

At St. Joseph's we are proud to be smoke free at all of our locations. We as a whole, and specifically our Tobacco Cessation Center, joins the NYS Department of health in its’ celebration of this important public health law.

For more information on how you can quit smoking, please visit http://www.nysmokefree.com/.


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