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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Colorado will celebrated the three-year anniversary of the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act on July 1. The act was passed by the state legislature in 2006 as a proactive measure to protect residents and visitors from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. The Surgeon General’s latest report, released in July 2006, supports this fact by confirming that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

In addition, secondhand smoke has been classified as a “Group A” carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is estimated to cause 53,000 deaths annually in the United States alone. While some smokers may see laws prohibiting smoking in public places as an infringement on their rights, smoke-free ordinances are becoming more prevalent each year, with regulations being adopted in states nationwide and countries across the globe, such as Ireland, Italy and France. And in Colorado, as only 17 percent of residents smoke, the growing majority is demanding the right to breathe smoke-free air in public places.

Studies have found that a nonsmoker’s risk of lung cancer and heart disease increases 20-30 percent with long-term exposure to secondhand smoke. Just 30 minutes of exposure to secondhand smoke can compromise the cardiovascular system of nonsmokers by reducing blood flow to the heart. In addition, of the 4,000 chemicals found in secondhand smoke, more than 60 of them are known to cause cancer.



Positive health effects from the smoke-free law are already turning up in our state. Pueblo, a city that passed its smoke-free ordinance in 2003, reported a 27 percent decline in hospitalization rates for heart attacks just 18 months after the smoke-free ordinance was implemented. With emerging results like these, there is no question that the smoke-free law will have a significant and positive health impact on the lives of Coloradans for years to come.

Our statewide smoke-free law should serve as encouragement for everyone to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. For public health in our state, Colorado’s smoke-free law is a breath of fresh air!



Missy Ivy

Tobacco Prevention Project Coordinator

Glenwood Springs

Has anyone heard from our three congressmen regarding the Immigration Issue. These three have voted against the E-Verify. This means that if there is no E-Verify in place that anyone that is not a Citizen of the U.S. and has purchased a SS number and a drivers license off the street can legally steal your Identity.

They won’t be caught immediately as anyone hiring them does not have to check before they are allowed employment. We have half the country out of work and these three congressmen want to raise the number of Foreign Workers to 134,000 new workers a year.

They won’t vote on decreasing the numbers allowed into the U.S., they want more people to come into the U.S. with less jobs? I have e-mailed them repeatedly, I have called their offices and ask them to stop the Open Boarder Policy and yet all three have voted against each of these Amendments? I would like to know why?

Please go to their Websites and question their policies. Thank you

Jane Spaulding

Carbondale

I have been drinking raw milk for almost four years with the best health results. My digestion is outstanding. I no longer need inhalers for my allergies or asthma. It is imperative for my health that I be allowed to choose what is best for me. It cost insurance companies nothing for me to enjoy good health!

Anne Brown

Carbondale


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