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July 8, 2013IA |  By: Kat Marsh

Iowa Smoke-free Air

This month marks a special anniversary for the state of Iowa.

In 2008, the state of Iowa passed the Smokefree Air Act, a piece of legislation prohibiting smoking in the majority of public places including areas within employment as well as some outdoor areas. Assistant Administrator for Page County Public Health in Iowa, Brandy Powers says the Smokefree Air Act is good for Iowa.

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Five years later, the Iowa Department of Public Health continues to pursue tobacco-free living by reducing exposure to second-hand smoke and overall tobacco use. IDPH offers important tools for Iowans, including Quitline, which helps smokers who want to quit. IDPH also recently launched a Smoke-Free Homes website that educates consumers about the benefits of living in an environment without the risk of being exposed to second-hand smoke. For those interested in Quitline, you can go to www-dot-quitlineiowa-dot-org or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.