PA Falling Short When It Comes To Clean Indoor Air

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In a recent report released by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the state of Pennsylvania is falling short when it comes to clean indoor air. Sobering news, since 28% of cancer deaths in Pennsylvania are attributed to tobacco and second-hand smoke. Emma Watson is the Pennsylvania government relations director at the ACS CAN. She says clean indoor air findings in Pennsylvania could become more problematic if the situation isn't given the attention it needs.

The original clean indoor air act was passed back in 2008. It was a step in the right direction, but now here we are, over ten years later, and we've made no progress to close those existing loopholes. There are some bars, there are private clubs utilized for things like community events where smoking is still allowed. It almost feels archaic. So, it almost feels as if we are a little behind the times. We just need to make sure that we as advocates are letting these establishments know, letting policymakers know, even letting leaders of your community know, it's not acceptable.

Ms. Watson says the state's healthcare costs are more than 6 billion dollars a year to address tobacco-0related illnesses. To review the complete report and further details on Pennsylvania's grades, visit

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