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[Re: Airline Smoking Ban]

Date: 02 Sep 1987
Length: 4 pages
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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

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5617. Miscellaneous Issue Material
Airline Smoking Ban 88
DOT Appropriations Bill
NYSA numbers
0044 B1793 02C
Type
Letter
Author
Simon, Paul
Recipient
Manning, A H
Named Person
Lautenberg, Frank
Named Organization
House Of Representatives
National Academy Of Sciences
Surgeon General
Tobacco Institute
Transportation Subcommittee Of The Senate Appropriations Committee
Thesaurus Term
smoking restriction
airplane
legislation
Congress
Author (Organization)
United States Senate

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"FRANK R o LAUTENBERG NEW JERSEY 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. FRL:jk Sincerely, T!0045.-0985
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PAUL SIMON ILLINOIS WASHINGTON, D.C. 26510 September 2, 1987 Mr. A. H. Manning 1121 Kingsley Drive Arlington Heights, Illinois 6000~ C01~IZTTEF.~: LABOR AND HU~uN RESOURCES dUDZCZARY FORE]GN RELATIONS BUDGE'i" 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- smokers alike. 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. PS/nm T!0045-0986
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