Ask Senate Business and Labor to vote NO on HB 481


  • State Senator Frank J. Smith
  • State Senator Sue Malek
  • State Senator Gene Vuckovich
  • State Senator Jason D. Small
  • State Senator Carlie Boland
  • State Senator Gordon 'Gordy' J. Vance
  • State Senator Jason W. Ellsworth
  • State Senator Dee L. Brown
  • State Senator Terry J. Gauthier
  • State Senator Steven 'Steve' J. Fitzpatrick


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Dear [Decision Maker],

Please vote NO on HB 481. The Clean Indoor Air Act is intended to protect everyone from exposure to the toxins in secondhand tobacco smoke especially employees.

If this bill passes a smoking club or private social club could set up in the same building as a daycare, health care facility or senior center, and the law would not protect those more sensitive populations from secondhand smoke. This defeats the purpose of the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act.

This is a problem because secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals; hundreds are toxic, and about 70 can cause cancer. In adults who have never smoked, secondhand smoke can cause heart disease, lung cancer and stroke.

In children, secondhand smoke leads to asthma attacks, respiratory infections (bronchitis and pneumonia), and a greater risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Secondhand smoke from cigars contains the same toxic chemicals as secondhand cigarette smoke. This type of smoke can cause or contribute to lung cancer and heart disease. It also increases the risk and severity of childhood asthma, ear infections, and upper and lower respiratory infections in children.

The Montana Clean Indoor Air Act is working. It is easy to comply with and is protecting the public and employees from exposure to indoor secondhand smoke.

Please oppose this attempt to weaken the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act by voting NO on HB 481.

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