CDC Director Urges Kentucky To Pass Smoke-Free Legislation

Sep 8, 2014

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Governor Beshear has picked up an ally in his campaign to convince the Kentucky General Assembly to pass a smoke-free law for all public buildings.

Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Thomas Frieden says such laws have a measureable impact on worker health across the country. Frieden spoke on KET’s “One to One” with Bill Goodman.

“Smoke-free laws, particularly if they cover a level playing field, all businesses, so that no worker has to choose their health and their job, that those laws will not only reduce smoking, but also reduce heart attacks in non-smokers. It’s quite striking.” –Dr. Thomas Frieden

In fact, Doctor Frieden says the single most important thing people can do to improve their health is to quit smoking. He says walking 30 minutes a day can also make a big difference.