Originally published in the Idaho Statesman

THANK YOU …

… to American Cancer Society

Thank you to the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout — a mile marker for those who are ready to quit smoking. It was also a celebration for non-smokers to rally in support of individuals who are quitting, smokefree businesses, and laws providing health and safety to the community.

This was the first year Boise celebrated the smokeout as a smokefree city. But not every city in the Treasure Valley is smokefree. Just next door many dread going to work because their jobs allow smoking indoors. Non-smoking employees are put into unsafe working conditions, and many are not able to find new employment with the poor economy.

No one should have to choose between a good job and good health.

More than 7,000 chemicals from secondhand smoke can aggravate or cause health problems including cancer, respiratory infections and asthma. It is responsible for 46,000 deaths from heart disease and 3,400 deaths from lung cancer each year among non-smokers.

Join me in supporting the smokefree businesses in the community, congratulating those overcoming their dangerous addictions, and voicing your support for a Smokefree Treasure Valley.

Learn more about secondhand smoke and how to voice your support at www.SmokefreeIdaho.org.

DAWN SNAPP, ACS CAN,

lead volunteer, Boise