PROTECT NON-SMOKERS FROM SHS, OTS, THS, AND ECV
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Deficiencies in the Smoke-Free Arizona Act, A.R.S. 36-601.01, passed by the voters ten years ago must be corrected. Cities and Counties are allowed to adopt ordinances or regulations that are more restrictive than the "act." There are:
No smoke-free apartment buildings
No smoke-free outdoor common areas
No regulations for outdoor designated smoking areas
No smoke-free employer vehicles
No regulations for E-Cigarette Vapor (ECV)
Apartments: Second-Hand Smoke (SHS) is drifting into adjoining apartments. "There is no risk-free level of exposure to SHS.
SHS causes numerous health problems in infants and children, including severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)" See: The Report of the Surgeon General 2006.
"SHS is particularly hazardous to elderly people, individuals with cardiovascular disease, and individuals with impaired respiratory function including asthmatics and those with obstructive airway disease." See: A.R.S.36-6-101 Section 2. Findings and Declaration of Purpose.
"A resident who smokes in a single unit in a multi unit residential building puts the residents of the other units at risk." See: The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Healthy Homes 2009.
Outdoor Common Areas: Smoking is allowed in outdoor common areas except for a "reasonable distance" (20 feet) from building entrances. Smoking is allowed in open areas shared by all citizens. Individuals with cardiovascular disease and individuals with impaired respiratory function can not safely use these areas.
Outdoor Designated Smoking Areas are allowed as long as they are more than 20 feet from entrances. Individuals with cardiovascular disease and individuals with impaired respiratory function can not safely enter and exit buildings.
Employer Vehicles: Smoking is allowed in vehicles owned and operated by the employer during working hours when the vehicle is occupied by one person. Third-Hand Smoke (residual smoke) clings to cushions, carpeting and surfaces and continues to off-gas. Individuals with cardiovascular disease and individuals with impaired respiratory function are not able to use these vehicles.
E-Cigarette Vapor: Smoking of E-cigarettes releases emissions of aerosols and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) during consumption. "Exposure to VOCs imposes a threat to human health, particularly to those with cardiovascular and respiratory conditions." See: E-Cigarette Comments of James L. Repace MSc. Biophysicist.
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