Oct 22, 2008

ACS Bus Tour will make a stop Downriver to fight against smoking

For those pushing for healthy, smoke free air, increased cancer research and quality health car for all Americans, an opportunity to show your support for those worthy goal will come Thursday when the Fight Back Express Bus Tour will be making a stop in Southgate from 1-1:30 p.m. Thursday as part of six-month, 48-state tour carrying the message "We’ve waited long enough. It’s time for Michigan to go smoke free in 2008."

The bus will stop at Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 14805 Dix-Toledo Rd., where State Sen. Ray Basham, D-Taylor, will speak briefly and a brief ceremony honoring Carrabba’s commitment to smoke free dining will be held. All supporters of clean, healthy air should come out and show their support for the ban and urge the Michigan Legislature to take up and pass House Bill 4163 that will ban smoking in all workplaces, including bars and restaurants.

The Fight Back Express Tour is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, and the tour kicked off in Ohio in early May and will travel across the 48 continental United States through Election Day, Nov. 4. The ACS CAN Fight Back Express is a mobile action center. At each bus stop, visitors will have the chance to share their story with their local lawmakers through the Picture A Cure program.

HB 4163 than bans smoking in workplaces failed to get enough votes to be approved and sent to the governor last month, despite getting a majority of votes. The vote was to concur with the Senate passed version of HB 4163 approved in May that had no exceptions to the bill. It needed a majority of those 110 members elected and serving - 56 votes - to pass, but it only passed 50-49 with 10 not voting and one abstaining. The bill is expected to be taken up in the Lame Duck session following the election.

No comments: