HHS ITEM #1
January 31, 2013
January 30, 2013
Health and Human Services Committee
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Worksession: Bil133-12, Health and Sanitation
Bill 33-12, Health and Sanitation Smoking - County Property, sponsored by Councilmembers
Floreen, Navarro, Rice, Riemer, Leventhal, EIrich, and Andrews, was introduced on November
27,2012. A public hearing was held on January 22 (see testimony ©57-61).
What would the Proposed Regulation do?
As introduced, Bill 33-12 would prohibit smoking on
property ovvned or leased by the County (see ©24 for a list of County-owned property and ©40
for a list of County-leased property). The ban would exclude County rights-of-way. Materials
from the chief sponsor, Councilmember Floreen begin on ©4.
What Health Concerns are Associated with Secondhand Smoke?
The United States Surgeon
General first raised the topic of involuntary smoking in a 1972 Surgeon General's report entitled
"The Health Consequences of Smoking". In 1986, the Surgeon General devoted an entire report
on the health issues regarding involuntary smoking. The most recent version of this report, "The
Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke," was issued in 2006 and is
http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/librarv/secondhandsmoke/. According to the Surgeon General,
exposure to secondhand smoke can cause a variety of health ailments, including heart disease,
lung cancer,' respiratory diseases such as asthma and pneumonia, and sudden infant death
syndrome. A pamphlet describing the health risks of secondhand smoke is on ©46. The
Surgeon General has stated that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.
Issues for Committee Discussion
How would Bill
County Executive Leggett conceptually supports the bill,
but questions what the expectation is regarding how Bill 33-12 will be enforced. The
enforcement procedures in §24-9, where this bill would be codified, state:
(1) Any violation of this Section is a class C civil violation. Each day a
violation exists is a separate offense.