No Smoking

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Gov. William Donald Schaefer's recent announcement that he intends to ban smoking in executive-branch offices is an overdue recognition of the health hazards posed by tobacco smoke in the work place. Maryland's high cancer death rate inevitably is linked to such known cancer-causers as cigarette smoking.

The governor's move is, indeed, a healthy step toward persuading smokers to limit or cease their consumption of tobacco while also providing a less polluted working environment for tens of thousands of non-smoking state employees.

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