Last year's overwhelming vote for Initiative 901, which banned smoking in many public places, looks better than ever today. U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona issued a comprehensive review of the scientific evidence about the dangers of second-hand smoke and concluded, "[T]here is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke." Even brief exposure to smoke can cause "immediate harm," and people exposed to second-hand smoke at their homes and workplaces face an increased risk of heart disease and lung cancer.
The children of smokers are at risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)! Ventilation systems don't fully protect against the hazards! "The scientific evidence is now indisputable: Second-hand smoke is not a mere annoyance. It is a serious health hazard that can lead to disease and premature death in children and nonsmoking adults," says Carmona. Gee whiz, maybe I-901's controversial rule that smokers must stay 25 feet away from doorways wasn't overreaching after all.