Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Yet Another Reason to Support Smoke-Free Air Laws

Secondhand smoke delivers nicotine to the brain. A new study released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Monday, found there are even more health risks associated with secondhand smoke. The study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, discovered that "even limited secondhand smoke exposure delivers enough nicotine to the brain to alter its function," said National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D. in a press release by NIDA. This can also increase vulnerability to nicotine addiction for individuals heavily exposed to secondhand smoke.

This new study is just one more reason to support Wisconsin's smoke-free law, implemented July 2010 to reduce the number of individuals exposed to the known toxins in secondhand smoke. The law has already been shown to improve air quality, improve bartenders health, doesn't hurt businesses and more than 99 percent of Wisconsin workplaces are in compliance.

Wisconsin really is better smoke-free!

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