HARRISBURG – In an effort to strengthen health protections for PA workers, Rep. Dan Frankel and Sen. Jay Costa, both of Allegheny County, have introduced the Protecting Workers from Secondhand Smoke Act. Currently, the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act allows smoking inside casinos, private clubs, and certain establishments. If passed, the measure would eliminate those exemptions and expand protections for the employees inside those businesses. Specifically, it would eliminate loopholes in the Clean Indoor Air Act that leave workers exposed to secondhand smoke; expand the definition of smoking to include e-cigarettes; and give all localities the ability to enact smoke-free ordinances that are more protective than state law. Supporters say currently, smoking is permitted at more than 1,800 locations in PA. A CDC estimate of 20 million people who died from smoking-related conditions since 1964, 2.5 million were non-smokers who died from diseases caused by exposure to secondhand smoke.

SEN. JAY COSTA

REP. DAN FRANKEL