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Fired up about smoking
In Letters Jan. 28, Donna Clark wrote, I have the right to smoke in establishments where the owner has designated smoking. And non-smokers have the right to not patronize these establishments. Ms. Clark forgot one group of people.
Employment opportunities were limited in the small logging town in Oregon where my sister was the manager of a bar/restaurant for many years. Ten years ago, she died of cancer. Our family reunions are not as joyous. She did not see her son get married or the birth of some of her grandchildren. This summer, her granddaughter will get married without her grandmother present. I will never stop missing her.
Yes, Ms. Clark, you do have the legal right to smoke in the restaurants. But it would be nice if you would refrain out of respect.
It is time to act and to protect non-smokers from smokers who are currently given legal rights to kill others. Going smoke-free in Washington is good for my business (I book musicians in nightlife venues), as my musicians are severely negatively impacted by the secondhand smoke they are forced to inhale throughout every evening.
Studies of smoke-free restaurant laws from around the country (including California, Colorado, New York City and Massachusetts) have clearly demonstrated that there is no negative impact on restaurant sales or employment from these laws.
Waitresses are over three times more likely to die from lung cancer and 2.5 times as likely to die from heart disease as women in other occupations. All workers deserve the same protection from secondhand smoke as office workers. Please support smoke-free workplaces for all of Washingtons workers and the public.