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50 Fabulous Riverside restaurants provide smoke-free patios

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Tuxies Juices on Magnolia Avenue became the 50th restaurant, in the City of Riverside, to join a campaign to provide a cleaner environment by providing smoke-free patios. The campaign started last summer with Crescent Jewell Restaurant and Lounge being the first to join. This free campaign is sponsored by the Tobacco Control Project within the Riverside County Health Department.

“I don’t like smoking, so it was easy,” said Miguel Ramirez, who, along with his wife, Petra, own Tuxies Juices. The juice shop has been in business for three years. “I think people like it when there is no smoking.”

Smoking inside restaurants has been banned for many years because of the hazards to restaurant employees being exposed to secondhand smoke. Exposure to secondhand smoke is linked to over 50,000 deaths each year from heart disease and cancer.

“The restaurants have been excited to be part of the program,” said Consuela T. Edmond, who runs the Tobacco Control Project and Asthma Program. “They were thrilled to provide their patrons and employees with a healthier place to eat and work.”

To add your restaurant to the growing list of restaurants who care about providing a cleaner environment for their customers and employees by providing a smoke-free patio, contact James Jo, DrPH, Health Educator at the Tobacco Control Project, (951) 358-4768 or at by email at: jjo@rivcocha.org

For a complete list of the Fabulous 50 restaurants providing smoke-free patios and to learn more about the Tobacco Control Project go to: http://www.rivcoph.org/healthed/tobacco_control/

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