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No one should have to choose between their job and their health.  And the science clearly shows that secondhand smoke causes cancer, even for those who have never smoked a cigarette. 

We are working in local communities across the nation to make restaurants, bars, casinos and all workplaces smoke-free, protecting all workers from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Nearly 60 percent of people across the country are protected by comprehensive smoke-free laws where they work.

Latest Updates

September 8, 2021
Georgia

AUGUSTA, GA — September 7, 2021 — Today, the Augusta-Richmond County Commission approved an amendment to the county’s smoke-free ordinance that will allow smoking in certain indoor spaces. Leading public health organizations are deeply disappointed in this move, which will harm the health of residents. The following statement is

August 30, 2021
Georgia

AUGUSTA, GA — August 30, 2021 — As the Augusta-Richmond County Commission tries to rush an amendment to the county’s smoke-free ordinance that would allow smoking in certain indoor spaces, leading public health organization are urging the county commissioners to oppose this effort to weaken Augusta’s effective

August 3, 2021
Georgia

AUGUSTA, GA — August 2, 2021 — Tomorrow, the Augusta-Richond County Commission will vote on a proposed amendment to the county’s smoke-free ordinance to allow cigar smoking in certain indoor spaces, despite the motion failing in committee last week. A coalition of local and national public health

July 27, 2021
Georgia

AUGUSTA, GA — July 27, 2021 — Today, the Augusta-Richmond County Commission will consider weakening the county’s popular smoke-free ordinance, amending the policy to establish cigar lounges in order to allow cigar smoking in certain indoor spaces. The nation’s leading public health groups including the American Cancer Society Cancer Action

Smoke-free Resources

More than 40 years after former U.S. Surgeon General Jesse Steinfeld first exposed the potential health risks of secondhand smoke (SHS) in 1971,1 and nearly 30 years after a subsequent Surgeon General’s report stated that SHS causes lung cancer and other diseases,2 all U.S.

Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard. Ventilation technologies do not sufficiently protect individuals from the harmful effects of breathing in secondhand smoke.The only effective way to fully protect nonsmokers from exposure to secondhand smoke is to eliminate smoking in indoor public spaces.