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You Can Help Make Children’s Daycares Smoke Free!

Senator Rick Kolowski introduced a bill, LB630, to make all daycares and their vehicles smoke free all of the time. Current law allows smoking in in-home daycares and their vehicles whenever the client children are not in the building or car. This forces some children to walk into very smoky daycares and breathe that smoke all day. LB630 is a very short, one paragraph bill, and may be read at http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/Current/PDF/Intro/LB630.pdf  
 
Please help make daycares smoke free. Send your letter (sample below) to all of these senators on the Health and Human Services Committee.
KCampbell@leg.ne.gov, TCook@leg.ne.gov, SCrawford@leg.ne.gov, MGloor@leg.ne.gov, SHoward@leg.ne.gov, BKrist@leg.ne.gov, DWatermeier@leg.ne.gov
 
They have to advance it from their committee so the entire Unicameral can debate this bill.
 
Dear Senators,
 
Please make this letter a part of the recorded testimony for the public hearing on LB630 on Thursday, March 7, 2013.
 
[Add your comments here and change the part below in any way you want - so all letters are not exactly the same. If you own or work at a daycare, please mention that in your letter. If you know children with asthma, you could mention that if they would be placed in a daycare, they would need to be in one that is smoke free all of the time.]
 
In-home daycares, like all commercial daycares and other businesses, should be smoke free all of the time. Children should not have to enter a home-based business where the last cigarette was put out less than a minute earlier. Children in all daycares should be protected from secondhand smoke.
 
I’m so glad that Senator Rick Kolowski from Omaha and the cosponsoring Senators Kathy Campbell, Mike Gloor and Sara Howard introduced Legislative Bill 630 (LB630) to make in-home daycares and their vehicles smoke free all of the time. LB630 is a very short, one paragraph bill, at http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/Current/PDF/Intro/LB630.pdf
 
Please vote this bill out of your committee to the floor of the Unicameral as quickly as possible.
 
Sincerely,
Your Name
Address
City, State, Zip Code
Email
Phone
 
If you want to call the senators, here is their contact information:
 
Kathy Campbell KCampbell@leg.ne.gov   402-471-2731 Chairperson
Tanya Cook     
TCook@leg.ne.gov       402-471-2727
Sue Crawford   
SCrawford@leg.ne.gov   402-471-2615
Mike Gloor    
MGloor@leg.ne.gov      402-471-2617
Sara Howard    
SHoward@leg.ne.gov     402-471-2723
Bob Krist     
BKrist@leg.ne.gov      402-471-2718
Dan Watermeier
DWatermeier@leg.ne.gov 402-471-2733
 
For more information please contact:
Mark E. Welsch
402-558-0463
Mark@ SmokeFreeNebraska.org



Smoke Free Housing in Nebraska
Including Apartments, Houses, Condominiums and Retirement Homes
GASP maintains a database for smoke-free apartments in Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Bellevue and all other cities and counties in Nebraska. Please use our search engine on the left to find them. If you know of a smoke-free apartment that isn't listed in our search engine on the left, please tell us about it in an email message with a subject of "Smoke-Free Apartments" to Info@SmokeFreeNebraska.org.

If you are a landlord anywhere in Nebraska, you may add your 100% smoke-free rental property on this website for free with three simple steps. Click on List Your Properties to add your property to the best, searchable, highest ranked website for smoke-free housing in Nebraska. We provide the best, easiest to use smoke-free apartment finder for tenants who care about their health. Over 80% of Nebraskans do not smoke!

Our list of smoke-free appartments was compiled form sources believed to be reliable, however we make no guarantees as to its accuracy. Make sure the smoke-free building policy is written into your lease, verbal agreements are of little value. To protect your comfort and health, make sure all apartments are already, and will stay, smoke free before you sign a lease. To be effective, the policy should include outdoor patios, balconies, sidewalks and an area within at least 25 feet of the building. 

If you have a problem with a smoky home, rented or owned, contact GASP. We can help you clear the air.


Nebraska Is A Smoke-Free State!

If you see or smell smoke in a business in Nebraska, please talk to the owner or manager of that business to let them know that it is illegal. They are required to make sure no one smoke inside their business. If you can’t talk with the owner or manager, or they refuse to stop the smoking, you may call 9-1-1 to report them to the police.

Mark Welsch, president of GASP has reported a few businesses to the police for violating this law with very quick response from the police. At least five tickets have been issued to businesses for illegally allowing smoking and to people for illegally smoking. If you want GASP to help stop illegal smoking, please send an email message with the name, address and phone number of the business to email or call 402-558-0463.


What is in our smoke-free future?

Now that most businesses in Omaha are smoke free, and most businesses in the state of Nebraska are smoke free, GASP is continuing to work on other priority issues. If you want to tell GASP what you think about our priority issues, or to suggest a new one, please send an email message with your ideas along with your name, email address and phone number to email or call 402-558-0463. We would like to talk with you about your ideas.

Our list of laws we would like to see passed include:

1.      Make in-home day cares, foster homes and their vehicles smoke free all of the time.

2.      Make cigarettes “fire safe” by making them go out when they fall onto a couch or bed.

3.      To cause fewer high school students to smoke, raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 19 and eventually to 21 to match the legal age to drink alcohol.

4.      Protect children from secondhand smoke by making cars smoke free if a child is in the car.

5.      Raise the tobacco tax so that nonsmokers are not subsidizing the cost of smokers to Medicaid. Nebraskans currently pay around $50 million every year to pay what the tobacco tax does not cover. Just to break even, the tax on a pack of cigarettes needs to increase by 50-cents.

6.      Eliminate all tobacco vending machines that are where children may use them.

7.      Make public school property smoke and tobacco free zones.

 

Cigar Bar Bill is Signed Into Law

Find out more about it and see if your Senator voted for it here.

 NEWS ARCHIVE

02-05-09:  Economic fears snuff out smoking bans. Story here.

02-05-09: Letting a cigar bar be a cigar bar. Story here.

06-27-06: View the US Surgeon General's 2006 report on secondhand smoke here.

Smoke-Free Foster Homes

Shouldn't all children in Nebraska foster homes be afforded a smoke-free place to live? Sadly, they are not. Many foster homes are full of carcinogens that cause and exacerbate illnesses such as asthma in young people. Find out what you can do to end this all-too-common form of child abuse.

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