A Good Day's Work: A Guide for Tobacco-Free Work Sites in Arizona, First Edition,
How the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Applies
to Clean Indoor Air
The ADA is a federal civil rights act for the disabled. It prohibits
discrimination against individuals who have a disability in private
employment, public transportation, and public accommodations.
"Places of public accommodation" include establishments serving
food or drink; places of lodging, recreation, exhibition,
entertainment, or public gathering; sales, rental or service
establishments (including shopping centers); educational
establishments (from nursery to postgraduate schools); and social
service centers. Similar nondiscrimination rules apply to
government-provided services, programs and activities.
WHO IS PROTECTED UNDER THE ADA?
Anyone who is defined as disabled is protected under the ADA.
"Disability" has been defined as a physical impairment that
substantially limits one or more major life activities of an individual.
"Physical impairments" include conditions that affect the respiratory
or cardiovascular systems; "major life activities" include breathing
WHO ARE THE RESPIRATORY DISABLED?
People who have asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, lung
cancer and/or other lung illnesses can be medically defined as
respiratory disabled. For these individuals, secondhand smoke can
be health- and even life-threatening. Obstructive lung disease is
progressive so that continued exposure can lead to increased
disability and death.
99 A Good Day's Work: A Guide for Tobacco-Free Work Sites in Arizona, First Edition, 1999 Attachment IV How the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Applies to Clean Indoor Air The ADA is a federal civil rights act for the disabled.