LET Smoking ban has positive impact

I am a first-year medical student at Mayo Medical School, and I am writing this letter in support of the recent ban on smoking throughout restaurants in Rochester.

This issue is important to me because I feel that secondhand smoke has a huge impact on not only individuals exposed to it, but also on the public health of an entire community. I plan to go into primary care, and I feel strongly about preventive medicine as a way of decreasing the incidences of avoidable illnesses. It has been known for many years that there are many risks associated with exposure to sidestream smoke (environmental tobacco smoke).

In 1986 two reports issued by the surgeon general concluded that secondhand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer, ischemic heart disease and acute myocardial infarction. In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency classified it as a known human carcinogen in 1992 (Robbing 1999). Therefore, I believe everyone has a right to have a dining experience without exposure to secondhand smoke.

I would like to encourage you to maintain your support of this law for the Rochester community. It is something that will better everyone's dining experiences and be of benefit to the community as a whole.

Sarah; Kureshi



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