Clean Indoor Air Wins in a Landslide

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Mr. Joe Cherner

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Nov 8, 2006, 6:15:36 PM11/8/06
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Clean Indoor Air Wins in a Landslide
Ohio, Arizona, and Nevada clear the air, reject opposition initiatives

USA, 11/8/06-- Voters in Ohio, Arizona, and Nevada saw through the
smokescreen and voted overwhelmingly in favor of clean indoor air ballot
initiatives. Ohio, Arizona, and Nevada will thus become the 15th, 16th,
and 17th states in the U.S. to enact comprehensive smokefree legislation
for workers, including restaurant and bar workers. They join
California, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode
Island, Montana, Vermont, Washington, New Jersey, Utah, Colorado, and
Hawaii, as well as Puerto Rico, and Washington DC.

In each state (Ohio, Arizona, and Nevada), health groups (led by the
American Cancer Society) collected signatures to place comprehensive
smokefree workplace initiatives on the ballot. In a new tactic,
opponents (led by tobacco and gambling interests) placed similar
sounding, but vastly different, initiatives on the ballot. Voters
overwhelmingly passed the health group initiatives and soundly defeated
opponent initiatives.

"Although opponents spent more money, the media did a great job
explaining the issues to voters," says Joe Cherner, president of
SmokeFree Educational Services, Inc. "In a world where money usually
wins, it's refreshing to see health come out on top. What a wonderful
day for Ohio, Arizona, and Nevada workers, who will soon be able to
enjoy safe, clean air in their workplace."

To see full election results for these issues, follow the links below...
Ohio:
http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/ElectionsVoter/electionResults.aspx
Ohio State Issue 5 - Yes on State Issue 5 for a Smoke-Free Ohio, No on
State Issue 4=20

Arizona:
http://www.azsos.gov/results/2006/general/BM201.htm (Prop 201)
http://www.azsos.gov/results/2006/general/BM206.htm (Prop 206)
Arizona Prop 201/206 - Yes on Prop 201 for a Smoke-Free Arizona, No on
Prop 206

Nevada: http://secretaryofstate.biz/nvelection/nvelection.htm
Nevada Question 5 - Yes on Question 5 for a Smoke-Free Nevada, No on
Question 4

Joseph W. Cherner
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the
world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

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