Study Says Second-Hand Smoke Harms Non-Smokers
The study estimated 126 million non-smoking Americans are at increased risk of dying from lung cancer and heart disease because of second-hand smoke.
"Clearly, when the surgeon general of the United States puts a report out, it's based on evidence and carries a lot of weight," said psychologist Kevin Everett.
But, a popular Columbia bar and restaurant has kept smoking and non-smoking sections because of customer demand.
"When the Heidelburg was rebuilt two years ago, I know the debate was whether or not we were going to come back as smoking or non," said Jesse Simmons, assistant general manager. "And before the fire, we had been a smoking restaurant and the owner thought that, without a city-wide ban in place, it would, it could, affect our business."
The report said a workplace ban is needed to protect everyone because designated smoking areas don't work. The report also found evidence smoking bans don't hurt bars and restaurants economically, citing an analysis of California's smoke-free restaurant law which showed an increase in restaurant profits.