Michigan is one of just 13 states that still does not protect its residents from the dangers of secondhand smoke, despite the fact that it is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Secondhand smoke kills 38,000 to 65,000 nonsmokers every year.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 12,000 otherwise healthy nonsmokers will die of some form of cancer, 3,000 specifically of lung cancer, because of their exposure to secondhand smoke. And secondhand smoke causes between 35,000 and 62,000 deaths from heart disease every year. Just last week, a new report released by the Institute of Medicine suggests that comprehensive bans on public smoking reduce heart attacks associated with secondhand smoke. In November 2008 a Henry Ford Health System study linked smokefree air legislation to a projected reduction in the number of patients admitted for a heart attack in Michigan hospitals.
Amidst the ongoing budget battle, the Michigan Legislature is continuing to take action on other issues. Please take a minute to remind them of the importance of protecting the residents of this state by passing a comprehensive ban on smoking in the workplace. Click here to see how other Michigan residents are taking action as shared on the Campaign for Smokefree Air’s blog.