I am writing in support of a smoke free Oak Park. Second-hand smoke is the third most common cause of death in the United States. It is classified as a carcinogen and is the number one precipitator of asthma attacks. It is known to cause heart disease as well.
There is no safe way to separate smoking areas in restaurants from non-smoking areas.
The recent poll from the Campaign for Smoke-Free Oak Park showed that most Oak Parkers do not believe that they are protected from smoke when they sit in non-smoking sections.
The same poll showed that almost 70 percent of Oak Park residents support the smoking ban. I urge the village trustees to vote to make Oak Park workplaces smoke free.