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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on March 16, 2007

Adventist HealthCare Testifies Before Maryland General Assembly in Favor of Statewide Smoking Ban

Adventist HealthCare testified March 15, 2007 in favor of legislation before the Maryland General Assembly that would ban smoking statewide at indoor places accessible to the public, including restaurants and other employment locations.

Last year, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a landmark report citing the dangers of secondhand smoke and indicated that even occasional exposure to secondhand smoke is harmful.  Half of all nonsmokers, the report noted, are exposed to secondhand smoke and the only way to eliminate exposure entirely is to ban indoor smoking in places of public accommodation.

"The evidence is overwhelming and clear: secondhand smoke is a serious health risk," said Bill Robertson, President & CEO of Adventist HealthCare.  "Given the Seventh-day Adventist Church 's historical stance on this issue, we feel a special responsibility to advocate on this issue."

The Seventh-day Adventist Church took an early stance against tobacco in the 1800s and started smoking cessation programs as early as the 1960s.

Adventist HealthCare , an integrated health care delivery organization based in Rockville, Maryland, is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.  The mission of Adventist HealthCare is to demonstrate God’s care by improving health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. Adventist HealthCare includes Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Senior Living Services, Greater Washington Sleep Disorders Centers, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Adventist Home Health Services, the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Children and Infants and LifeWork Strategies.



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