Re: “Smoke-free in apartments?” (TNT, 8-29).
I support PUSH (People United for Smoke-free Housing) for bringing the issue of smoke-free apartments to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Board, whose job it is to safeguard the health of our community.
The 2006 U.S. Surgeon General’s report regarding secondhand smoke states:
• It causes premature death and disease in children and in adults who do not smoke (50,000 deaths annually).
• Children have an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, ear problems and more severe asthma. Smoking by parents causes breathing (respiratory) symptoms and slows lung growth in their …