Thursday, February 25, 2010

Kansas Becomes Latest State to Go Smoke Free

Today, the Kansas House of Representatives voted to expand protections for Kansans from secondhand smoke! With 68 votes (5 more than the magic number of 63 needed), the House passed House Bill 2221, which will now go to the Governor's desk.

Kansas follows the most recent state who signed a clean indoor air law - North Carolina, the No. 1 tobacco producing state in the country.

"American Heart Association volunteers and staff have worked diligently over the last few years to help all Kansas residents recognize the dangers of secondhand smoke and how vital it is for all Kansans to avoid exposure to this life-threatening product," said Kevin Harker, Executive Vice President for the American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate. "We appreciate everyone's hard work and dedication as we celebrate this momentous day."

If you have a Facebook page, please consider posting this message in your status: Congratulations Kansas Legislature for passing a strong clean indoor air law today! Thank you for giving Kansans the gift of clean air!

Thank you for your support! Watch for more information soon about the details and effective date of this new law, as well as an opportunity to say thank you to legislators for today's vote.

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