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Policy Position of the NM Legislature Regarding Secondhand Smoke
While conducting a routine search for information on the proposed legislation,
Senate Bill 351, we found a significant interpretation of the effects of
second-hand tobacco smoke within the attached legislative Fiscal Impact
Report (FIR) summary. You may verify these findings by following the listed
URLs to the legislative Website entries.
Go to the New
Mexico Legislature Bill Finder
Enter 351 and then select Senate.
Select Fiscal Impact Report.
- FISCAL IMPACT REPORT SUMMARY
- Sponsor: Robinson
- Date Typed: 02/04/99
- Short Title: Smoking Accommodations Act
- SB 351
- Analyst: Burkhart
- Synopsis of Bill
- Senate Bill 351 prohibits smoking in designated areas and provides
retail businesses with the option of providing designated smoke-free and
smoking-permitted areas on the business premises or permitting smoking
anywhere on the business premises. The bill establishes a definition for
smoking and preempts other state agencies, municipalities and counties
from imposing more stringent regulations regarding smoking.
The issues associated with smoking and the inhalation of secondhand
smoke are the subject of an on-going national debate. Data clearly demonstrates
the association between illness and the inhalation of secondhand smoke.
- Technical Issues
- There are no provisions for the enforcement of this proposed legislation
- CCAA Commentary
- The scientific data supporting the link between illness and the exposure
to second-hand tobacco smoke are today overwhelming. Yet there exists a
lag in practical application of this scientific evidence throughout the
state of New Mexico -- especially in apartment and rental dwelling units.
The CCAA opposes passage of SB351 on the grounds that this legislation
does not effectively further state or Albuquerque Clean Air Ordinances
passed in 1986 or 1989. Yet the FIR conducted by the Legislative Finance
Committee clearly enlists the official position of the New Mexico legislature
regarding second-hand tobacco smoke.
A study conducted by the Albuquerque Chapter of the American Cancer Society
(Dec. 1998) found New Mexicans overwhelming agree (81%) that secondhand
tobacco smoke is harmful to health (see CCAA
report). With both the official legislative position as well as a strong
majority of New Mexicans expressing a consensus on this matter, it is time
for pubic and private entities to take the necessary steps to insure that
adequate protections from this significant health hazard are enforced.
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