Back in August I wrote a post called "Close to Home" that involved me rattling on about smoking laws and restrictions in different places, and at that time I posted a link to the older 2006 American Lung Association Report, an annual report giving report cards to each state for various issues related to smoking. Last night I received an email from someone working with the American Lung Association letting me know that this report has been updated for 2007 and actually covers states that saw changes effective January 1, 2008 (such as in Illinois, my "home" state of so many years and current home to wonderful fellow Chantix blogger Lynda at Life Rushes By who recently discussed the change). In general, I personally believe in attempting to strike some balance by addressing both health concerns as well as plain old common sense concerns (as in a really ridiculous amount of common sense to make up for areas where I see so very much nonsense), preferably all without people acting all rabid toward one another, so I have some very mixed feelings on some of the regulations depending on lots of factors (particularly the common sense factor, and I think both sides sometimes have it, sometimes don't).
In any case, all good, all bad or all just a mixed bag, here is the link to the latest report which I do, indeed, find interesting when comparing states (I'll add the link to my list of Linky Loos - it's not just Chantix bloggers, you know, but lots of other good stuff that I've collected along my not-being-a-smoker-anymore journey so far):
Where You Live:
- The American Lung Association State of Tobacco Control 2007 - "The American Lung Association State of Tobacco Control 2007 report tracks progress on key tobacco control policies at the state and federal level and assigns grades to tobacco control laws and regulations enacted as of January 1, 2008." (Quote from report website)
- Smoke Free USA - Depending on where you live, this can be really useful or really not so much. If your state is listed and is one with lots of listings, you can find plenty of dining and/or drinking options for smoke-free establishments. Be merry!