The members of the Breathe Free Pennsylvania Coalition believe that every person has the right to breathe clean, safe, smoke-free air regardless of where they work.
Breathing even a little secondhand smoke can be dangerous. Medical evidence clearly shows that smoking is harmful to the health of smokers and nonsmokers. The Surgeon General announced in June 2006 that there is absolutely no safe amount of secondhand smoke.
Cigarette smoke contains more than 4000 chemical compounds and secondhand smoke has been designated as a known carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Toxicology Program, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and as an occupational carcinogen by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. It contains more than 50 cancer- causing chemicals.
The Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA) passed in 2008 included many exceptions where smoking is still permitted. The consequences of these exceptions are widespread and significant: the creation of two classes of hospitality workers – those who are forced to work in smoke-filled environments and those who are not; countless number of patrons of exempted venues who are exposed to the toxins of secondhand smoke; unfair business market among those businesses that are exempted and those that are not; confusion among the public as to what venues are smoke-free and those that are not; and difficult to enforce.
Breathe Free Pennsylvania would like to see a comprehensive clean indoor air law that includes 100% smoke-free workplaces, including ALL eating and drinking establishments and casinos in Pennsylvania.