TERRE HAUTE, IND. – Oct. 7, 2010 – The following statement was issued today by Danielle Patterson, chair of the Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air, in response to a recent public opinion poll on smokefree air conducted by The Survey Research Center at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis and released by the Indiana Rural Health Association:
“Today, we learned that 66 percent of rural adults would support a smokefree air law. These results are consistent with our findings in past polls we have conducted at both the state and local levels, and provide further evidence that Hoosiers are ready and waiting for Indiana to go smokefree in all public places.
“Indiana remains one of the only Midwest states to still allow smoking in public workplaces. Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Iowa have all demonstrated a commitment to the health and wellness of their residents by enacting smokefree air laws. Each year, more than 1,200 Indiana adult nonsmokers die from exposure to secondhand smoke.
“Indiana has dragged its heels for long enough, and far too many employees of restaurants, bars, casinos and other workplaces are still forced to choose between their health and their paycheck by working in smoke-filled environments. With residents in all types of communities in favor of smokefree workplaces – whether a small, rural town or a bustling city – our lawmakers should do the right thing and make a smokefree air law a priority in this upcoming legislative session.”
The Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air is a statewide coalition comprised of national, state and local health, business, and faith-based organizations, as well as thousands of Indiana residents committed to protecting all workers from exposure to secondhand smoke by working toward the adoption of a comprehensive smokefree workplace law that covers ALL workplaces. For information or to sign up for our newsletter, visit worksmokefree.org or find us on Facebook.