This morning, Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Chairman on the Committee on Health was joined by eight other colleagues, namely Speaker Judith Won Pat, Senators Tony Ada, Rory Respicio, Tina Barnes, BJ Cruz, Tommy Morrison, Brant McCreadie, and Nerissa Underwood in introducing Bill 143-33, a measure that expands the Natasha Protection Act of 2005 relative to smoking regulations, providing increased enforcement capabilities and training.
Members of the Non-Communicable Disease Consortium Tobacco Action Group, the Tobacco Prevention Control unit of the Department of Public Health & Social Services, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ASC-CAN), and Dr. John Ray Taitano, president of the Guam Medical Society accompanied Senator Rodriguez and Tony Ada in filing the bill at the Office of the Clerk of the Guam Legislature.
"Today marks an important day in promoting the health and welfare of our people as it relates to secondhand cigarette smoke. This bill expands the no-smoking regulations to bars, promotes increased enforcement capabilities, and further protects our kids. I want to be perfectly clear that this is not about trampling on anyones right to make a decision for themselves, it is about being the voice for those who cannot speak up. This is for those bartenders, entertainers, and other patrons of bars who for one reason or the other have to be inside a facility that currently allows cigarette use...It is about protecting their health and welfare." Rodriguez shared with those present at this morning's filing of Bill 143-33.
Bill 143-33 will be referred to a standing legislative committee and a puiblic hearing scheduled thereafter. Click here to view Bill 143-33