Ensure Smoke-Free Workplaces and
Public Spaces


The Children’s Hospital Association of Texas urges you to support House Bill 400 and Senate Bill 86
Let’s make Texas a healthier place to raise children. It is time for Texas to have strong laws to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke. The Children’s Hospital Association of Texas (CHAT) supports House Bill 400 by Representative Myra Crownover and Senate Bill 86 by Senator Rodney Ellis to prohibit smoking in certain work environments and public places.          
The prevention of illness and disability is the most fundamental way to reduce health care costs. The dangers of secondhand smoke are indisputable:
  • More than 4,000 substances exist in secondhand smoke, including more than 40 cancer-causing agents and 200 known poisons.
  • More than 42,000 Americans are killed annually by secondhand smoke–the third-leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.
Pregnant women exposed to secondhand smoke have:
  • Higher rates of miscarriages and stillbirths
  • Increased risk of low birth-weight infants
  • Children born with decreased lung function
Children exposed to secondhand smoke have:
  • Increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Triggered asthma attacks and more severe symptoms
  • Increased risk of lower respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia and bronchitis
  • Increased risk of middle ear infections

Support for a statewide law is widespread:
  • A 2011 study found a smoke-free workplace law would save Texas $404 million biennially in health care and productivity costs.
  • 74 percent of Texas voters favor a statewide law that would prohibit smoking in all indoor workplaces and public facilities (including offices, restaurants and bars), based on a survey conducted in February 2013. The majority of Republicans (72 percent) and Democrats (75 percent) favor the prohibition.
  • Four out of five voters thought the rights of employees and customers to breathe clean air in restaurants and bars outweighed the desire of smokers to smoke and business owners to allow smoking in their establishments.
Read the full-text version of House Bill 400 here and Senate Bill 86 here.

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