Blue Cross Responds to New Surgeon General's Report on Secondhand Smoke

Statement from Blue Cross VP and Medical Director for Population Health

Marc Manley



Jun 27, 2006, 01:00 ET from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

    EAGAN, Minn., June 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of
 Minnesota leaders are pleased that even more evidence now exists on the
 dangers of secondhand smoke, thanks to the newly released Surgeon General's
 Report on Secondhand Smoke.
     "Today's release marks the first Surgeon General's report on secondhand
 smoke in nearly 20 years," said Marc Manley, MD, vice president and medical
 director for Population Health at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
 "The report clearly states there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand
 smoke and only complete elimination of smoking indoors will offer
 protection."
     "Secondhand smoke causes immediate harm a great deal of death and
 suffering. That probably won't surprise most people," continued Manley.
 "What's surprising is that a state long known for being health conscious
 and forward-thinking has not taken action to protect all workers from
 secondhand smoke in the face of this overwhelming body of evidence." Manley
 noted that ten other states have taken strong legislative action to protect
 their citizens from secondhand smoke in public gathering spots and work
 places.
     "Secondhand smoke causes some of the most costly and deadly diseases
 such as heart disease, stroke and cancer," said Manley. "We hope this
 report will spur more policy leaders into action so that all Minnesota
 employees can have the same smoke-free, healthy work environments the
 majority of us have enjoyed for years."
     Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St.
 Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota's first health
 plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today: to promote a
 wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the
 people of Minnesota. A not-for-profit, taxable organization, Blue Cross is
 the largest health plan based in Minnesota, covering 2.7 million members in
 Minnesota and nationally through its health plans or plans administered by
 its affiliated companies. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an
 independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association,
 headquartered Chicago. Go to http://www.bluecrossmn.com to learn more about
 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
 
 

SOURCE Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
    EAGAN, Minn., June 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of
 Minnesota leaders are pleased that even more evidence now exists on the
 dangers of secondhand smoke, thanks to the newly released Surgeon General's
 Report on Secondhand Smoke.
     "Today's release marks the first Surgeon General's report on secondhand
 smoke in nearly 20 years," said Marc Manley, MD, vice president and medical
 director for Population Health at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
 "The report clearly states there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand
 smoke and only complete elimination of smoking indoors will offer
 protection."
     "Secondhand smoke causes immediate harm a great deal of death and
 suffering. That probably won't surprise most people," continued Manley.
 "What's surprising is that a state long known for being health conscious
 and forward-thinking has not taken action to protect all workers from
 secondhand smoke in the face of this overwhelming body of evidence." Manley
 noted that ten other states have taken strong legislative action to protect
 their citizens from secondhand smoke in public gathering spots and work
 places.
     "Secondhand smoke causes some of the most costly and deadly diseases
 such as heart disease, stroke and cancer," said Manley. "We hope this
 report will spur more policy leaders into action so that all Minnesota
 employees can have the same smoke-free, healthy work environments the
 majority of us have enjoyed for years."
     Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St.
 Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota's first health
 plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today: to promote a
 wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the
 people of Minnesota. A not-for-profit, taxable organization, Blue Cross is
 the largest health plan based in Minnesota, covering 2.7 million members in
 Minnesota and nationally through its health plans or plans administered by
 its affiliated companies. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an
 independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association,
 headquartered Chicago. Go to http://www.bluecrossmn.com to learn more about
 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
 
 SOURCE Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota