Hundreds of teens gathered at the Capitol Tuesday to send lawmakers a message about the dangers of secondhand smoke.
The teens, who call themselves the ‘Lung Advocates,’ say even though Pennsylvania has laws banning smoking in some places, the state is not doing enough to combat secondhand smoke.
According to the American Lung Association, secondhand smoke is a known cause of lung cancer, heart disease and chronic lung ailments like bronchitis and asthma, and is responsible for killing more than 40,000 people every year in the U.S.
Pennsylvania law bans smoking in many public places but there are 2,800 exemptions to that law like certain bars, casinos, private clubs and tobacco shops.
Ralliers want a comprehensive clean indoor air law, with no exemptions.
Currently, there are two pieces of legislation in the House and Senate that would remove the current loopholes and prohibit smoking in all public places.
The ralliers are urging lawmakers to vote them out of committee and make them law.