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Smoke Free Erie Presentation

  1. 1. Erie County Clean Indoor Air
  2. 2. Healthy Reasons for CIA <ul><li>Secondhand smoke exposure causes disease and premature death in children and adults who do not smoke; </li></ul><ul><li>Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for SIDS, acute respiratory problems, ear infections, and asthma attacks </li></ul><ul><li>There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke; </li></ul><ul><li>The mission of the Department of Health is to preserve, promote and protect the health, safety and well being of the people and the environment in Erie County </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Happening around PA? <ul><li>Philadelphia- </li></ul><ul><li>recent City-wide ban signed into effect by the Mayor. </li></ul><ul><li>PAC3 should send letters supporting Mayor on his decision </li></ul><ul><li>Ban on smoking not ready to be enforced yet </li></ul><ul><li>Harrisburg- </li></ul><ul><li>recent city-wide ban applies to city owned indoor/outdoor properties </li></ul><ul><li>Pittsburgh- </li></ul><ul><li>City Council and County Exec has passed CIA </li></ul><ul><li>Casino Exemption-recently passed senate could jeopardize the Allegheny ordinance </li></ul><ul><li>Statewide- </li></ul><ul><li>HB 1489 stuck in the Health and Human Service committee </li></ul><ul><li>Restaurant Association endorses no exemptions </li></ul><ul><li>Differing opinions on how quickly it could come to a vote. </li></ul><ul><li>Across the United States, 6,888 municipalities are covered by a 100% smoke-free provision in workplaces, and/or restaurants, and/or bars, by either a state or local law, representing 45.7% of the U.S. population </li></ul>
  4. 4. Erie County Options <ul><li>Pass resolution- states support for CIA </li></ul><ul><li>Pass ordinance- eliminates CIA from Erie County Workplaces (Similar to Allegheny County) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Needs support from County Exec </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>County Council needs to pass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enforcement issues </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. IMPACT OF CLEAN INDOOR AIR LAWS IN ERIE COUNTY <ul><li>For Erie County this means: </li></ul><ul><li>26% of adults smoke in Erie County, PA. This means that 55,562 people in Erie County Smoke (adult population is about 213,700) </li></ul><ul><li>An estimated 2,778 (5% being modest) to 8,334 (15%) smokers will quit due to clean indoor air legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Using a 5% to 15% reduction in smokers between $9.42M and $28.26M can be saved in lost productivity and medical expenses for smokers Erie County (based on CDC estimate of $3,391 per smoker due to lost productivity and increased medial expenses). </li></ul><ul><li>An additional estimated savings of $1.36M to $4.08M in costs associated with treating non-smokers for illness due to ETS exposure can result (based on CDC estimate of $490 per smoker spent on treating non-smokers). </li></ul>
  6. 6. Threats to CIA <ul><li>Possible preemption-under legal review </li></ul><ul><li>Non-supporters- political and community </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming Bill- unfair playing field </li></ul>

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