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SmokingAccording to CBS  California was a pioneer in prohibiting tobacco use in the workplace during the 1990s, but the ban left loopholes that a state lawmaker now wants to close.

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier said other states have since surpassed California and enacted more expansive crackdowns on smoking in the workplace.

He won passage in 2007 of a bill to expand the workplace smoking ban, but it was vetoed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a cigar aficionado who had an outdoor smoking tent erected just outside his office in the Capitol. He has been replaced by a non-smoker, Democrat Jerry Brown.

“We’re going to give it another try with a new governor,” said DeSaulnier, a Democrat from the eastern San Francisco Bay area city of Concord.

California’s 1994 law banned smoking in enclosed areas of most workplaces and phased in a ban at most bars, a relatively radical approach at the time. Now, DeSaulnier said, 25 states and the District of Columbia have smoke-free workplace laws that are stronger than California’s and do a better job of protecting workers from secondhand smoke.

The effects of smoking are well documented. Dr. O’Toole advises his patients of the risk associated with smoking and plastic surgery. Specifically, there are increased risk with procedures such as breast lift, breast reduction, facelift and other procedures that require tension on the incision. Smokers can have delayed wound healing on their incisions. Patients who smoke should be aware of their increase risk.


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