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American Samoa Ban on Smoking in Public Places signed
« on: October 25, 2010, 03:48:06 PM »
Gov. Togiola signs landmark bill – Smoke Free Environment Act

(UTULEI: Thursday, October 21, 2010)- Governor Togiola Tulafono signed on Thursday, October 21, 2010 landmark legislation that bans smoking in restaurants, bars, taxis, buses and other public and private locations.  

Joined by representatives of the Department of Health and the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, LBJ Medical Center, American Samoa Community Cancer Network, American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition, Department of Human and Social Services and American Samoa Chamber of Commerce at the signing ceremony, Governor Togiola said the signing of the Smoke Free Environment Act (H.B 31-48)will promote healthy living in American Samoa.

The new law will go into effect in 90 days – January 22, 2011.

Governor’s Remarks at signing ceremony for Smoke Free Environment Act

“Today is a day where we join the movement of Smoke Free cities, states and countries by signing the act into law. This is a landmark piece of legislation that provides protection of residents from the exposure of second hand smoke, which causes an estimated 46,000 deaths from heart diseases and 3,400 lung cancer deaths in non-smoking adults within the United States. It is also responsible for triggering asthma in preschool aged children who have not already exhibited asthma symptoms.

Another unique aspect of this legislation is that it is the first bill in American Samoa that we are able to help reduce the public’s prevalence and mortality of chronic and non-communicable diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. Both of which are two leading causes of death within our Territory. This, in turn, provides a more healthy Territory, leading to fewer residents needing to be put on a waiting list for the off-island medical referral program and making this Act one of the most cost effective health interventions in American Samoa.

This bill should not be looked at as singling out smokers. If you smoke, that is your choice. But when you go inside a public place to smoke, you have made the choice for those who don’t smoke. And that is what we are trying to protect.

I would like to thank the Fono and the many organizations and departments, and members of the community for their support of this very important legislation and especially for promoting healthy living.”
Source: American Samoa Government


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Re: American Samoa Ban on Smoking in Public Places signed
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2010, 07:05:15 AM »

good! i can't stand smokers  ::)


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Re: American Samoa Ban on Smoking in Public Places signed
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2010, 11:47:18 PM »
Support the movement for smoke free environment and help those who give away the smoking habit.


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Re: American Samoa Ban on Smoking in Public Places signed
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2010, 06:51:00 AM »
Yea yea this is nice...but why not ban dope and crack and ice?!


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