The Rockford Regional Health Council and Winnebago County Health Department recently released the names of 190 dining establishments that responded to a recent smoke-free survey. These establishments have been identified as places where people may enjoy food and beverage in a tobacco-free environment.
The U.S. Surgeon General, Richard Carmona, M.D., released a major new report, The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke, the first of its kind since 1986. This new report ends the debate on secondhand smokeexposure to which is now estimated to annually cause the death of 3,000 adult nonsmokers from lung cancer, to kill 46,000 more from coronary heart disease and to end the lives of 430 newborn babies from SIDS.
For information about which restaurants are smoke free, and to promote smoke-free environments in your community, contact the Rockford Regional Health Council at 395-5701.
Partners in the effort are American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, Illinois Department of Public Health and Winnebago County Health Department.
From the July 19-25, 2006, issue