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NO. R-183. JOINT RESOLUTION designating May 31, 2001, as "World No Tobacco Day".

(J.R.S. 69)

Offered by: Senators Campbell of Windsor County, Senator Chard of Windham County, Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Lyons of Chittenden County and Senator Snelling of Chittenden County.

Whereas, "World No Tobacco Day" is sponsored by the World Health Organization to call worldwide attention to the impact of tobacco use on the public health, and has been observed annually since 1988, and

Whereas, the mission of the Coalition for "World No Tobacco Day" is to direct "attention to the human and economic tolls of the global tobacco epidemic and improve public health by encouraging people not to use tobacco and motivating users to quit," and

Whereas, the World Health Organization estimates that there are about 1.1 billion smokers in the world, about one-third of the global population aged 15 years and older, and

Whereas, more than one million youth in America become regular smokers each year, and

Whereas, 12.8 percent of middle school and 34.8 percent of high school students currently use some form of tobacco, and

Whereas, short-term health risks of tobacco use include shortness of breath, increased heart rate, exacerbation of asthma, impotence and infertility, and increased blood levels of carbon monoxide, and

Whereas, long-term health risks caused by tobacco use include heart attack, stroke, cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and

Whereas, as a result of the World Health Organizationís 2000 World No Tobacco Day, awareness of this important anti-tobacco educational effort increased considerably, and

Whereas, 17 percent of those aware of World No Tobacco Day were moved either to halt their own tobacco use or encourage someone else to take a similar action, and

Whereas, the World Health Organization declared secondhand smoke the focal point for 2001 World No Tobacco Day, and

Whereas, secondhand smoke is an established cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, and exposure to secondhand smoke in the home is a significant cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and respiratory ailments in children, and

Whereas, as recently as 1991, over 90 percent of the United States population, regardless of smoking status, had measurable amounts of a

by-product of cigarette smoke in their bodies, indicating the exposure to secondhand smoke was massive, and

Whereas, significant progress has been made since then in reducing these exposures, primarily through state and local regulations and voluntary policy changes in the private sector, and

Whereas, the best way to reduce nonsmoker exposure to secondhand smoke, in either public or private places, is to support comprehensive tobacco control programs that reduce youth initiation and promote cessation of smoking among all ages, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly designates May 31, 2001, as "World No Tobacco Day" in Vermont, and encourages all of its citizens to participate by not starting to smoke, by attempting to stop, and by encouraging others to do the same.