It’s been 50 years since the release of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health and the harmful consequences from the use of tobacco. 2016 marks the 10th year of the adoption of Ordinance No. 2006-1054 prohibiting indoor smoking in Houston’s public areas and places of employment. People could no longer smoke in enclosed public places and workplaces or within 25 feet of a building entrance and exit.

So, where are we now, ten years later?

The Houston Health Department (HHD) has compiled a brief of the ordinance impact on Houston heath and economy, describing successes and future challenges ahead. Faith Foreman, HHD assistant director, is available the week of Nov. 7 for interviews on work behind the ordinance adoption.

HHD will also spearhead a 10-day social media campaign marking the 10 anniversary of the ordinance’s adoption and encouraging smokers to quit. The social media campaign starts November 7 and concludes on the Great American Smokeout day November 17.

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