The Big Sky Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society strongly endorses the statewide ban on smoking. We would like to recognize and thank the local establishments that have already banned smoking prior to the Oct. 1 deadline. Lung cancer is responsible for one out of three cancer deaths and is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It has been proven that secondhand smoke causes lung cancer, putting nonsmokers in danger. Three-thousand and sixty lung cancer deaths a year are attributable to secondhand smoke (source: CDC).
Please continue to support our local smoke-free establishments in the hopes that the ban on smoking will provide a decline in the lung cancer deaths resulting from secondhand smoke.