AMA, WMA defend indoor smoking ban
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Oct. 25, 2004
The AMA and the Washington State Medical Assn. in September joined with other anti-tobacco groups in a friend-of-the-court brief defending a law that bans smoking in most indoor public places in the Tacoma, Wash., area. The Washington State Court of Appeals is considering a lower court decision that granted a preliminary injunction that stops the law from being enforced.
The Entertainment Industry Coalition challenged a resolution passed by the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Dept. that bans smoking in most indoor public places.
The brief from the AMA and WMA argues that the county has the right to regulate tobacco use and it discusses the harm of secondhand smoke.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/10/25/prbf1025.htm.