Danielle Patterson, Chair of the Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air, speaks to citizens at the Capitol advocating for a smoking ban.

Advocates Rally at the Capitol

Hundreds of people from across the state held a rally at the state Capitol to urge lawmakers to support a statewide smoking ban. Advocates for a smoke ban met with legislators before it went to the house.

“The facts are clear. Smokefree air is good for your heart,” said Danielle Patterson, chair of the Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air.

“ A September 2009 report published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association found that one year after passing smokefree laws, communities in North America and Europe had 17 percent fewer heart attacks compared to communities without smoking restrictions, and in those communities, the number of heart attacks kept decreasing with time,” said Patterson.

A recent study released by the Surgeon General stated that “cigarette smoking and involuntary exposure to cigarette smoke are major causes of coronary heart disease, stroke, aortic aneurysm, and peripheral arterial disease.”

The House ended up passing HB 1018, smoking ban in public places, bill 63-31 on third reading. It now moves to the senate for consideration.

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