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Remember when smoke would drift over to your table or your desk from a co-worker’s office?

Ten years ago, New York State cut through the haze of smoke. That’s right, it has been 10 years since anyone has been allowed to light up in bars, restaurants and workplaces.

A small but vocal minority claimed this would be the beginning of the end for New York’s bars and restaurants as it would hurt their bottom line. But the bottom line is this: New Yorkers are healthier thanks to the Clean Indoor Air Act.

Studies around the world show heart attack rates drop immediately following the enactment of laws like the CIAA. By keeping smoke out of workplaces, we are making positive steps in the fight against our No. 1 killer: heart disease.

We have made great progress, but there is still work to be done. I hope New York once again takes progressive action to help New Yorkers fighting this deadly addiction. And for those of you who need help to kick the habit, please go to the American Heart Association website at www.heart.org or visit the state’s quit line at www.nysmokefree.com.

Donna Kinney

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