Summerville goes smoke free

Summerville is the latest South Carolina city to pass a smoke free ordinance.

The city is working to minimize the effects tobacco has on its residents. The ordinance is specifically intended to protect employees in indoor workplaces.

"Smoke free policies help eliminate the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. Now everyone who lives, works or visits in Summerville will be able to breathe easier," said Dianne Wilson, the Executive Director for the South Carolina African American Tobacco Control Network.

The city cited research from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in making this decision. According to the CDC, secondhand smoke contains hundreds of toxic chemicals. About 70 of these chemicals can cause cancer.

Children exposed to secondhand smoke can suffer from severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections and sudden infant death syndrome. Secondhand smoke can cause heart disease and lung cancer in adults.

The Smoke Free Lowcountry Coalition is hosting a "Freedom from Smoking Celebration" Thursday, June 30 at Cuthbert Community Center. The coalition will provide information regarding the new ordinance and give help to those looking to quit smoking.

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