Huffington Post: Jerry Reiss for Nobel Prize
May 30, 2013
In a Huffington Post story about World No Tobacco Day, May 31, the author suggests former San Luis Obispo City Councilman Jerry Reiss for the next Nobel Peace Prize:
In 1990, Reiss was the councilman who first proposed the ban against smoking in any indoor public area in the city. San Luis Obispo was the first city in the world to have such a policy.
The consequences of the smoking ban include people quitting smoking and decreasing exposure to second-hand smoke for nonsmokers. Since 1990, the lung cancer death rate has sharply decreased.
“The smoking ban seemed so simple and logical at the time,” Reiss told the Huffington Post. “I never imagined it would assume such prominence. Seldom does one have the opportunity to positively influence the health and wellbeing of so many.”