The Washington, DC City Council has passed legislation that prohibits the sale of some flavored tobacco products. There is an exemption for hookah. ACS CAN Washington, DC Government Relations Director Jocelyn Collins reacts.
Reynolds to Protect Employees From Its Own Products
WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 22, 2014 – The following statement comes from Chris Hansen, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, in reaction to the news that Reynolds American Inc., the maker of Camel cigarettes, will no longer permit smoking in its offices, conference rooms and elevators.
“We’re pleased that Reynolds employees will now be protected from the hazards of the company’s own cigarettes while at work, as are millions of workers in states across the country. But nearly 51 percent of the U.S. population is still exposed to deadly cigarette smoke every day in their workplaces, restaurants, and bars, increasing their chances of being diagnosed with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, there is no safe level of secondhand smoke. If Reynolds cared about the American public as much as it does its own workers, the company would support comprehensive smoke-free policies nationwide that protect people from its own products and those of other tobacco companies, including policies that prohibit special smoking areas that have proven to be ineffective in protecting non-tobacco users from tobacco smoke.”
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