Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Did You Know, Colorado? April 16, 2014

  • Secondhand smoke causes numerous health problems: among infants and children this includes more frequent and severe asthma attacks and respiratory and ear infections and increased risk for Sudden Infant Death (SIDS); among adults this includes coronary heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer.
  • The percent of Coloradans who reported smoke-free rules in homes and personal vehicles increased from 2008 to 2012: from 84.5% to 87.1% for homes and from 71.3% to 76.1% for personal vehicles. However, disparities still exist: low SES homes were less likely than other homes to have smoke-free rules (80.7% vs. 93.1%) and three times as likely to report recent smoking in the home (13.8% vs. 4.3%.).1
  • Smoke-free rules in homes and vehicles can reduce secondhand smoke exposure among children and nonsmoking adults. Some studies indicate that these rules can also reduce smoking by reducing the amount of daily smoking among smokers, helping smokers quit, and reducing the number of adolescents who start smoking.

1 Data source: Colorado’s The Attitudes and Behaviors Survey (TABS) on Health
For more information about chronic disease data in Colorado, contact Renee Calanan

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