State-Specific Prevalence of Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults and Secondhand Smoke Rules and Policies in Homes and Workplaces --- United States, 2005
Smoking can cause premature death and disease in children and adults who do not smoke but are exposed to secondhand smoke. To assess the state-specific prevalence of current smoking among adults in the United States and the proportions of adults who report having smoke-free home rules and smoke-free policies in their workplace, CDC analyzed data from the 2005 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. This report summarizes the results of that analysis, which indicated a threefold difference (from lowest to highest) in self-reported cigarette smoking prevalence among 50 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories. Created: 10/27/2006 by MMWR.
Date Released: 12/1/2006. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
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worried about the effects of secondhand smoke? It is a health danger. Children
who breathe secondhand smoke have more frequent respiratory infections.
Exposed adults have a higher risk of heart disease and lung cancer.
How safe is your home or workplace? To answer this question, CDC researchers
surveyed adults about rules restricting smoking in their homes and workplaces.
About twenty percent of adults reported smoking in each state surveyed. In
majority of states surveyed, over seventy percent of individuals reported not
allowing smoking in their homes. A similar percentage reported their employer
had policies which kept their workplace smoke-free.
The only way to protect yourself and your family from secondhand smoke is
eliminate smoking indoors. To do your part, ensure that smokers in your home
smoke outside and bring up concerns at work to your employer.
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