Tuesday, February 3, 2015

CDC Vital Signs release information on secondhand smoke

The CDC Vital Signs program, launched in 2010, addresses a single, important public health topic each month. This month’s edition presents our latest findings on secondhand smoke exposure in the United States. We also highlight proven strategies for protecting the public, particularly children, from exposure to secondhand smoke.

Key points in the Vital Signs report include:
§  About 58 million Americans—1 in 4 non-smokers—are still exposed to secondhand smoke. Some population groups are exposed at much higher rates than the population as a whole.
§  Nearly half of black nonsmokers are exposed to SHS, including 7 in 10 black children.
§  About 2 in 5 children (about 15 million) ages 3 to 11 years old are exposed to SHS.
§  More than 2 in 5 nonsmokers who live below the poverty level are exposed to SHS.
§  More than 1 in 3 non-smokers who live in rental housing are exposed to secondhand smoke. There are about 80 million Americans living in multi-unit housing, many of whom rent their housing.

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