Secondhand smoke

Posted Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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With all the research and evidence that shows secondhand smoke is deadly, it is appalling that Texas still allows it. Secondhand smoke causes nearly 42,000 deaths each year, so the solution seems obvious. Ban it.

People should have the right to breathe air free of arsenic, chromium, lead, vinyl chloride and the numerous amounts of other deadly substances in secondhand smoke.

Many smokers will argue that they have a "right" to smoke. Well, nonsmokers should have the right to not have to inhale secondhand smoke when they are in a public place. Think about the people who work or live in environments where they inhale smoke often, causing chest discomfort, lung problems, asthma and need for a shower.

Twenty-six other states have laws making all nonhospitality workplaces, restaurants and bars smoke-free. Why can't Texas get with the program?

-- Rian Worm, Fort Worth

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