VOTERS SIDE WITH THE RIGHTS OF EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS BY A MASSIVE 67 POINT MARGIN
When asked, "Which one of the following do you think is more important? The rights of customers and employees to breathe clean smoke-free air inside workplaces, restaurants, bars, and the airport, OR, The rights of smokers to smoke and owners to allow smoking inside workplaces, restaurants, bars, and the airport," 78% of respondents support the rights of workers.
Why Do We Need a Smokefree Atlanta Campaign?
Over the years, Atlanta has emerged as one of the most popular destinations in the Southeast to live and to visit.
With its emerging music and film industries, widely popular professional sports teams, and its vibrant arts community, Atlanta is leading the way for the rest of the region, and even the country, to follow.
And yet, Atlanta still lags far behind other major cities including New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles, in protecting its workforce, citizens, and tourists from secondhand smoke exposure in public places.
The Georgia Smoke-free Air Act was enacted in 2005.
While it provides some smokefree protections, it allows smoking in bars and restaurants that do not employ people under the age of 18 or allow them to enter, allows for smoking rooms and smoking areas in workplaces with ventilation systems, and allows smoking rooms at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.
The state law is not preemptive, meaning counties and municipalities may pass local smoke-free laws more restrictive than the state law. Efforts to pass local ordinances stronger than the state law have been difficult, and eleven years after implementation of the state law, many workers and patrons, especially those in bars, clubs, and adult entertainment establishments remain unprotected from secondhand smoke. This is the case in Atlanta as well.
Everyone who lives, works, and visits in Atlanta should be able to work in a smokefree environment.
Whether someone is working or spending time in Midtown, the West End, Buckhead, Atlantic Station, Downtown, or anywhere else in the city – the air should be clear for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike.