Voters, Volunteers Help Smoke-Free For Health Achieve Petition Goal; Floridians Take Giant Step Toward Smoke-Free Workplaces
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Smoke-Free for Health today
announced a major goal has been met in its initiative to protect Floridians
from the dangers of secondhand smoke: 650,000 voters have signed petitions
urging the issue be put on th
In rallies across the state this morning, supporters and volunteers who
helped collect the petitions celebrated the achievement and vowed to push on
to victory on Election Day.
"We could not have achieved our petition goal without the hundreds of
wonderful volunteers and supporters from Key West to Pensacola and everywhere
in between for their tremendous commitment to this cause," said Martin Larsen,
volunteer chairman of Smoke-Free for Health. "Of course, we also wish to thank
every voter who signed a petition to protect their health from secondhand
smoke in the workplace. Our kids, our parents, and every Florida citizen want
to thank you from the bottom of our lungs."
Last month, Smoke-Free for Health cleared a major hurdle when the Florida
Supreme Court unanimously approved the initiative for the fall ballot. With
the Florida Department of State's official certification of the remaining
petitions imminent, Smoke-Free for Health is just days away from official
certification as a proposed amendment to the state Constitution.
Smoke-Free for Health will save lives and protect the health of all
Floridians, especially children and seniors, by prohibiting smoking in
restaurants and other workplaces.
Each week 5 million Floridians, including 1 million workers, are exposed
to secondhand smoke. The Centers for Disease Control and the Mayo Clinic say
secondhand smoke contains 200 poisons and 43 cancer-causing agents and causes
heart disease, asthma and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
That's why a broad coalition, including the American Cancer Society,
American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Florida Blue Cross and
Blue Shield, and the NAACP among others, say Smoke-Free for Health will save
thousands of lives and millions of dollars in health care costs by protecting
our right to breathe smoke-free air.