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11-15-11 Great American Smokeout

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11-15-11 Great American Smokeout
The work of the Tobacco-Free Lee Coalition, in partnership with Lee County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), will not be completed until all government, non-government agencies, private workplaces, and public places are all tobacco-free; and Whereas: Citizens are guaranteed under the Federal Constitution certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness… yet in the State of Florida 88 citizens die daily due to tobacco-related diseases; and Whereas: Evidence shows that as a direct result of smoke-free policy change, those public spaces where smoking has been prohibited results in reduced incidence of cardiac and stroke attacks in local hospitals; and Whereas: Secondhand smoke costs more than $9.5billion each year in the U.S. in direct and indirect medical costs; and Whereas: Employees who smoke have twice the lost production time per week for personal health reasons than workers who never smoked at a cost of $27 billion to U.S. employers. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, that we do hereby proclaim and recognize with the American Cancer Society, November 17, 2011 as the: 36th Annual National Great American Smokeout in Lee County and encourage all Lee County employees and citizens to live healthier and happier lives by seeking support and stopping use of tobacco products. Duly executed this 15th day of November, 2011. BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS LEE COUNTY, FLORIDA