Texas May Get Indoor Smoking Ban
Since 2007 Texas lawmakers have been trying to bring into action a statewide indoor ban on smoking. And 2011 year could be the successful year concerning this law.
Lake Dallas Republican State Representative Myra Crownover said that passive smoking became a cause of heart disease death of 49,000 Americans. “Active smoking led to fatal outcome of 400,000. It is terrible.”
Health departments and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission would issue licenses for smoke free environments to restaurants and bars required by Crownover’s bill.
Crownover’s bill relates as well to such things as keeping foodstuff at the right temperature, preserving the outfit in purity, having staff with clean hands. Crownover said “it mustn’t be the situation that you would go into a public place with a clean facility and breathe arsenic, benzene and formaldehyde.”
If the bill passes, Texas will be the first state in the South to decree an indoor ban on smoking that concerns not only bars and restaurants, but work places and other indoor public spaces. But at the same time this does not mean that the state want to be a leader concerning this.
James Gray, the Director of Legislative and Government Affairs for Smoke Free Texas said that 29 states have already passes the smoking ban and now they are smoke-free states. “In Texas, thirty-five communities have already become smoke-free: Dallas, Houston, Austin and others. This shows what will happen.”
James Gray indicates at the research that maintains the notion that banning passive smoke indoors results in public health advantages very quickly.
Gray said that cardiovascular disease can be appeared in a 30 minute exposure to passive smoke, asthma, emphysema, low birth weight babies. “So there is an immediate effect with or as a consequence adverse effect to exposure from passive smoke. And so as soon as public places’ owners prohibit the smoking cigarettes in their buildings, the effect appears.”
During the two years the State Department of Health and Human Services analyzed the question and foretold a smoking ban would save the state’s share of Medicaid costs in the neighborhood of $30 million, in the next two years.
The study conducted by Smoke Free Texas reported that if the overall cost to the Texas economy was taken into account, the two-year savings would exceed $400 million.
This number has a nice ring to senators and representatives struggling to get out of a big budget hole.
“We have strong backing in the House,” declared Gray. “We have 80-plus members who have supported the House bill. It was one of the first bills to come out of committee in the Senate, so if we get something moving on the House side that will really create some urgency on the Senate side and hopefully you’ll see some of that backing really galvanize.”
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