Thursday, May 16, 2013

Smoke-free home and car rules increasing nationwide, but millions still suffer from secondhand smoke

Four out of five U.S. adults report having voluntary smoke-free rules in their homes and three out of four report having voluntary smoke-free rules in their vehicles, according to a study published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, a publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Despite the high prevalence of voluntary smoke-free rules in homes and vehicles, the study found that nearly 11 million non-smoking adults continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke in their home, and nearly 17 million non-smoking adults continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke in a vehicle. The study also contains state-by-state data showing that the highest prevalence of smoke-free rules in homes and vehicles occurred in many states with comprehensive smoke-free laws and longstanding tobacco control programs.Exposure to secondhand smoke causes heart disease and lung cancer in adult non-smokers. In children, secondhand smoke exposure causes more severe and frequent asthma attacks, acute respiratory infections, ear infections and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Secondhand smoke exposure is responsible for an estimated 50,000 deaths each year in the United States. The Surgeon General has concluded there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, and that only 100 percent smoke-free policies can protect non-smokers
from the dangers of secondhand smoke.  

The full study is available at Smokers who want help quitting smoking can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

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