by Jeff Manning
Thought you all might like to see an op-ed that Lance penned for the Dallas Morning News the other day in support of the proposed smoking ban in Dallas.
Smoking ban is about health, not economics
State houses and city halls increasingly are becoming important theaters of operation in the fight against one of America’s most prolific and ruthless killers. Cancer will claim more than 560,000 lives in our nation this year, and, tragically, many of these losses are preventable.
The Dallas City Council has a great opportunity to make a major advance against cancer this fall, and I am honored to add my voice to the many urging them to extend the ban on smoking. The harmful effects of involuntary smoking are no longer debatable.
In 2006, the U.S. surgeon general concluded that secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease in people who do not smoke. The American Cancer Society estimates that secondhand smoke is responsible for about 3,400 lung cancer deaths in nonsmokers annually. And every year, an estimated 35,000 nonsmokers who live with smokers die of heart disease.
With these grim facts in mind, in 2003, Dallas wisely began prohibiting smoking in municipal worksites, many private worksites and all restaurants. This was an important step, but one that fell short ?¢?Ç¨?Äú leaving thousands of patrons and employees…
read the full piece at www.dallasnews.com