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by Dorothy Harden……

Did you know that under the 2014 Florida Statutes Chapter 386?

The Duty of the Department of Health

386.01 Sanitary nuisance. A sanitary nuisance is the commission of any act, by an individual, municipality, organization, or corporation, or the keeping, maintaining, propagation, existence, or permission of anything, by an individual. municipality, organization, or corporation, by which the health or life of an individual, or the health or lives of individuals, may be threatened or impaired, or by which or through which, directly or indirectly, disease may be caused.

386.02 The Department of Health, upon request of the proper authorities, or of any three responsible resident citizens, or whenever it may seem necessary to the department, shall investigate the sanitary of any city, town, or place in the state; and if upon examination, the department shall ascertain the existence of any sanitary nuisance as herein defined, it shall serve notice the proper party or parties to remove or abate the said nuisance or, if necessary, proceed to remove or abate the said nuisance in the manner provided in s.823.01

Secondhand smoke is as damaging to a fetus as if the mother were inhaling the smoke directly from a cigarette.

The effects of even brief exposure (minutes to hours) to secondhand smoke can be nearly as large (averaging 80% to 90%) as chronic active smoking.

Please sign a “Resolution to Restore Local Control” that asks the Legislature to return local control. You can find a sample resolution on the Florida page of

Thank you and have a great day!

Look for us next week with more information on secondhand smoke.

Dottie Harden: Chair Person:

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