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Arkansas Recognizes Laws To Protect Workers And Children From Secondhand Smoke Exposure

This year will mark the fifth anniversary of legislation aimed at creating smoke-free environments in businesses and vehicles transporting children. Wednesday, July 27 at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol, second floor Rotunda, the Coalition for a buy cigarette online Free Arkansas (CTFA) and its partners will join with legislators and public health advocates to celebrate the institution of Acts 8 and 13, as well as commemorate Act 811 of 2011, the new law that expands the current smoke-free cars law.

Act 8 of 2006, commonly referenced as the Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act, and prohibits smoking cigarettes in certain indoor areas to protect workers from the dangers of exposure to secondhand smoke cigarettes on the job. It is this act that also comes with exemptions that CTFA would like to see lawmakers make more stringent. Act 13 of 2006, known as the “Arkansas Protection for Secondhand Smoke for Children Act” prohibits smoking cigarettes in all motor vehicles where a child of less than 6 years and weighing less than sixty pounds and be properly restrained in a child passenger safety seat. Effective July 27, Act 13 will be expanded by a new smoke-free cars law, Act 811 of 2011.

Signed into law March 30, 2011 by Governor Mike Beebe, Act 811 of 2011 increases the age limit from 6 years of age up to 14 years whereby 73.5% of Arkansas’ children will be covered by the smoke-free cars law, up from the 37% of youth covered by Act 13. Additionally, Act 811 allows Arkansas law enforcement to help protect young children by stopping drivers seen smoking cigarettes in a car with a child present. A ticket, which currently carries a $25 fine, could be issued to offenders of the law.

“Secondhand smoke cigarettes kills more than 50,000 non-smokers in the U.S. each year. Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke cigarettes are inhaling many of the same cancer-causing substances and poison as smokers,” stated Katherine Donald, Executive Director, Coalition for a cheap cigarettes Free Arkansas. “If you are a smoker, the single best way to protect your children and other family members from secondhand smoke cigarettes is to quit smoking cigarettes. In the meantime, you can protect your children and others by making your home and vehicles smoke-free and only smoking cigarettes outside.”

“We all know secondhand smoke cigarettes is dangerous,” stated Senator Percy Malone. “I’m happy to have sponsored the Act that will protect the health of our children and pushes closer to a smoke-free Arkansas. Recent scientific studies have produced irrefutable evidence that kids, cars and cigarettes online are a very dangerous combination. Laws like Act 811 of 2011 are essential in protecting children in Arkansas and elsewhere, as their bodies are especially vulnerable to cigarettes for sale smoke, particularly in small, confined spaces such as cars.”

“People who smoke cigarettes in vehicles most assuredly smoke cigarettes in their homes,” declares Former Representative Bob Mathis. “Banning smoking cigarettes in these vehicles affords children an opportunity to breathe clean air if only for a limited amount of time.”

Katherine Donald, Executive Director, Coalition for a cigarettes Free Arkansas; Percy Malone, State Senator; Fred Allen, State Representative; Bob Mathis, Former State Representative; and other state leaders are slated to attend the press conference. The Youth Extinguishing Smoking Team (YES!) will perform an Act 811 rap song and refreshments will be served directly following the event.

The Coalition for a cheap cigarette online Free Arkansas is a network of statewide organizations with a shared mission to prevent the use of buy cigarettes in our state. The Coalition for a discount cigarettes Free Arkansas (CTFA) has worked, since its inception in January 1992, to improve the health of Arkansans by waging a grassroots campaign to increase public awareness of the negative effects of cigarettes use.

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