The issue of clean indoor air has become an important one in our community. I have tried to do my due diligence to explore both sides and understand what the will of the people really is. The truth is that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Even brief exposure is harmful and has immediate negative health effects. 42,000 adult nonsmokers die every year from heart disease and lung cancer due to their exposure. So, I ask all of us to consider those statistics, and think – is it worth it?
We all deserve to lives our lives as we see fit, but when it comes to the health of Mesquite residents and workers, I think it’s fair to say that we must look out for each other, in any and every way possible. This means creating a local ordinance requiring 100% smoke-free air in all workplaces.
Paul & Kathy Riewold