Meridian, ID –  Eighty three percent of those polled in Meridian agree that “All workers in Meridian should be protected from exposure to secondhand smoke in the workplace,”  according to a poll conducted of Meridian voters last month by Moore Information.


This survey also explored perceptions of the Boise smokefree ordinance among Meridian voters.   Voters widely believe that the Boise ordinance has been a good thing for the City of Boise (64%) and has made visits to the city more enjoyable (59%).


This also reflects the sentiment of voters throughout Meridian that a similar ordinance should be passed in Meridian.  In fact, 68% favor a local law in Meridian that would prohibit smoking in ALL indoor public places, including bars, offices and other workplaces.


Voters’ support of clean indoor air increases to 70% when asked whether the rights of employees and customers to breathe clean indoor air inside any workplace – including bars – is more important than the rights of smokers to smoke or the rights of businesses owners to allow smoking .


“Every worker has the right to breathe clean indoor air in their workplace.  With such clearly expressed support for pursuing an ordinance to protect employees in all workplaces, we encourage Meridian officials to set a citywide policy reflecting the sentiment of the residents.  No one should have to choose between their health and their paycheck,”


said Stacey Satterlee, Director of Government Relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and Smokefree Idaho coalition member.


Dr. Donald Stott, a Meridian Cardiologist with Saint Alphonsus Health System and endorser of Smokefree Idaho said, “A comprehensive smoke-free air law would provide an environment conducive toward reduction in exposure to toxic tobacco smoke in all public places. A voter approved smoke free air law would result in improved quality of life and health outcomes for all Idaho workers and residents.”


The need for protection from secondhand smoke in all workplaces and public places has never been clearer. Secondhand smoke contains thousands of chemicals, many of which are toxic (such as formaldehyde, arsenic and lead) and are known carcinogens.  Exposure to secondhand smoke is a proven cause of cancer, heart disease and respiratory illnesses.