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"FRANK R o LAUTENBERG
SEP 10 19 7/
WASHINGTON, D.C. ZO510
Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition to
the proposed smoking ban on short airline flights. I appreciate
knowing of your concern that such a ban would unnecessarily
restrict the rights of smokers.
Advocates of the smoking ban on flights of two hours or less
are concerned about the health effects of smoke in a closed
environment. Repor£s by the National Academy of Sciences and the
U.S. Surgeon General have noted the dangers of "passive
smoking." Additionall~, the closed environment and recirculation
of air endemic to air travel is said to compound the health
dangers of smoking. A smoking ban could make flying safer for
the traveling public and airline employees.
As you probably know, the House of Representatives approved
H.R. 2890, the transportation appropriations bill, including a
smoking ban on all flights of two hours or less. As Chairman of
the Transportation Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations
Committee, I will be carefully examining proposals for a smoking
ban this fall when the Subcommittee considers its versiqn of
H.R. 2890. The Subcommittee will have to consider the merits of
a ban and the various means of enforcing-it, should one be
imposed. The effects on both smokers and non-smokers must-be
taken into account.
Plea~e be assured that your concerns will receive my close
attention at that time. I hope ~ou will continue to contact me
about issues of concern to ~ou. Having the benefit of ~our views
iS important to me.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. 26510
September 2, 1987
Mr. A. H. Manning
1121 Kingsley Drive
Arlington Heights, Illinois
LABOR AND HU~uN RESOURCES
Dear Mr. Manning:
Thank you for contacting me about smoking on commercial airlines.
I realize that smoking has been a predictable part o~ a~.r],ine
travel for years.
However, The Airliner Cabin Environment, Air Quality and Safety,
a Nationai Academy of Science study which was authorized by
Congress in 1984, points out the hazards of this practice. A
closed environment and recycling of cabin air is cause for
concern given the potential health effects to smokers and non-
Congressman Durbin's amendment would affect flights of two hours
or less. This is an even shorter time than required to see a
movie or play or perform many daily tasks. It would be a solid
contribution to the health of other passengers and the cabin crew
who spend many more hours in the same environment.
Again, thank you for contacting me. I look forward to hearing
from you on many issues before the 100th Congress.
My best wishes.
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