"Certainly, I am very pleased it has come out now," said Dr. William Mercer, medical director of the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department.
It states the only way to protect nonsmokers from the dangerous chemicals in secondhand smoke is to eliminate smoking indoors , which was the goal of the Wheeling-Ohio County Clean Indoor Air Regulation, according to Mercer
believes this report is going to spur more counties in West Virginia , as well as more states in the nation , to enact strict clean indoor air regulations to cut down on the amount of secondhand smoke to which people are exposed.
"What you are going to see from this, with it coming from the federal government, is a lot of counties in West Virginia making regulations similar to ours," Mercer
said, adding that he
believes the state of Ohio may see enough support as a result of this report to be able to pass a statewide regulation.
"Here in Ohio County, it has been a year.We have had our regulation in place for one year," Mercer
said."I feel it is working very well, and we will continue to see it improve. ... Before we had 75 percent compliance, and over the past several weeks, I have been meeting with the individual bar owners who were previously not in compliance."Mercer
pointed out many of these bar owners now say they are going to comply, and Mercer
believes the county will reach a more than 90 percent compliance rate.