Alabama is leading the way with the number of strong, new smokefree laws enacted in 2011 and, with that distinction, is tied with California to receive the annual Smokefree Indoor Air Challenge Award from Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR). This is the first time Alabama has won the ANR crystal award and represents the work of many organizations and individuals across the state.
Congratulations to Fultondale, Midfield and Warrior, which have already passed their own ordinances. Good luck to supporters who are in front of Birmingham City Council this morning as they consider their own smokefree air ordinance. We also are watching with interest as Alabama legislators look into ways to accomplish this on a statewide level.
Across the country, more than 500 cities and counties have strong local laws to ensure smokefree air in workplaces, restaurants and bars, compared to fewer than 50 a decade ago. As one smoker said, this is a public health issue, as we try to protect people from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke, especially in the workplace.
Find out more about our work with the Health Action Partnership, a leading force in making our community a place where people can lead healthy lives.