Deaths From Secondhand Smoke Exposure in the United States

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Deaths From Secondhand Smoke Exposure in the United States

Postby Wilberforce » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:11 pm

Deaths From Secondhand Smoke Exposure in the United States: Economic Implications
Wendy Max, PhD, Hai-Yen Sung, PhD, and Yanling Shi, MS
Progress has been made in reducing smoking in public places, but much work remains to be done. As of 2009, only 27 states banned smoking in private workplaces, 29 banned it in restaurants, and 22 banned it in bars, leaving many people vulnerable to SHS exposure.

Reducing SHS exposure at home is even more challenging, but signs are encouraging. Among US households with smokers and children, the proportion with a complete smoking ban has tripled since 1992 to 1993 to 50% in 2006 to 2007.

However, home smoking bans were less likely among households with older children, in Black households, and in households in states with high smoking prevalence.

Smoke-free laws have been shown to have a positive association with smoke-free home rules, suggesting that banning smoking in public places can have a farreaching impact of reducing SHS exposure in other settings.

Comprehensive smokefree legislation has also been shown to be associated with significantly fewer hospitalizations and deaths from coronary events and other heart disease.

Thus, strengthening SHS policies will have the effect of reducing deaths from SHS exposure and the associated economic burden.
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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