The newly appointed U.S. Surgeon General’s Commendation letter as attached warmly commended all our helpful Arizona and other collaborators working together for many years on Tobacco Control at city, state and national levels. (both Past and Present) Our Arizonans Concerned About Smoking (ACAS) team thanks all who jointly deserve credit for the history making early achievements of the past laying early foundations for others, plus those still vigorously moving forward. We especially commend both Tempe and Kingman, Arizona, passing their “NO Smoking in Cars with Children” ordinances in May 2015, plus earlier City public Tobacco control law amendments treating electronic cigarettes with the same restrictions in public and workplace NO Smoking Areas as regular tobacco cigarettes.
Arizona was actually the site in 1983 for achieving the World’s first totally Smoke-Free Hospital. It was at Keams Canyon, Arizona, U.S. Public Health Service Indian Hospital on the Hopi Indian Reservation where both Hopi and Navajo Indian Native American patients were served. We received strong support and International encouragement from Mr. Tom Hurst, Founding leader of The Anti-Smoking International Alliance (Erlier, The International Network Towards Smoke-free Hospitals), located in the U.K.
The above Attachment second page shows Arizona Medical Association ( ArMA) Resolution # 8-15. It stresses that stronger Physician leadership is needed in the future for better educating both impressionable youth and adults about problems with electronic heated nicotine cigarettes and other similar aerosolized heated chemical emission gadgets.
With appreciation to Surgeon General Murthy & Warmest regards and thanks to all,
(Surgeon General Murthy supports all College/University Campuses becoming 100% Tobacco Free including No electronic cigarettes. There are now over 150 such totally Tobacco Free Campuses in the USA (outdoors & indoors) and the number is rapidly growing. All major airlines in the USA now have banned all smoking on their flights including electronic cigarettes.
Letter and Photo – US Surgeon General
Leland L. Fairbanks
MD, MPH, Family Physician (“old country doctor grandpa”)
President, Arizonans Concerned About Smoking (ACAS)
Trustee, Anti-Smoking International Alliance