Exposure to secondhand smoke is a health hazard. Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including 69 dangerous cancer-causing substances like formaldehyde and arsenic. Breathing 30 minutes of secondhand smoke has the same effect as smoking a cigarette.
St. Louisans are proud people. We take pride our professional sports teams yet we are one of the last professional sports cities to allow smoking indoors. 73% of St. Louis County residents support stepping outside to smoke and 66% of St. Louis City residents support the same measure.
According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Non-smokers who breathe in secondhand smoke take in nicotine and other toxic chemicals just like smokers do.
Everyone has the right to breathe smoke-free air.