Protect Staten Islanders from Secondhand Smoke
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There is NO safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Completely avoiding secondhand smoke is difficult and even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can be harmful to health and increase the risk of asthma attacks, ear infections, coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, bronchitis, and pneumonia.
Since 1964, when the Surgeon General's report was released, approximately 2,500,000 nonsmokers, died due to secondhand smoke.
Young children are most susceptible to secondhand smoke exposure and are least likely to avoid it. It could lead to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This is a public health issue that transcends to public spaces such as parks and beaches and affects those living in multi-unit housing as well.
Here in Staten Island many strides have been taken at a city and state level to protect our community from secondhand smoke. This includes:
1. The Clean Indoor Air Act protects our community in public and private indoor workplaces, including restaurants and bars, to protect workers and the public from exposure to harmful secondhand tobacco smoke and vaping aerosols.
2. Local Law 147 requires building owners to create a smoking policy that details whether or not the building permits smoking, and disclose it to current and prospective residents. Smoking disclosure is designed to help New Yorkers make better choices about where they live, and ultimately reduce the number of smokers across the city.
3. Local voluntary policies adopted by business owners and property managers to protect customers and residents from dangerous secondhand smoke emissions.
4. Tobacco Free Parks and Beaches allows everyone to enjoy the outdoors safe from secondhand smoke.
5. Under the new HUD ruling, all publicly funding housing authorities will be mandated to go smoke-free in July 2018.
However, there is still more work to be done. If you are a business, property manager, resident or concerned community member we want to work with you to bring positive and healthy changes to Staten Island. For more information, call 718.475.5277 or visit www.tobaccofreestatenisland.com
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