Secondhand Smoke Exposure Declined in the USA


Last week, on Thursday, American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presented a report which reveals that since 2000 the number of nonsmoking people exposured to secondhand smoke has declined by half. In 1999-2000 to secondhand smoke was exposured every 1 in 2 nonsmokers while in 2011-2012 this became already 1 in 4 nonsmokers.

Secondhand smoke still has an impact on kids from 3 to 11 years old. 2 in 5 kids are exposed to tobacco smoke. Generally, among all population groups there was reported a decline in secondhand smoke exposure. However, it remains high among African Americans (47%) and people from low layers of society (43%).

The report says that major factor which influenced decline in secondhand smoke exposure is implementation of anti-smoking laws. In the past 25 years around 700 towns and cities in the USA have implemented smoking laws, such as smoking ban in offices and restaurants and bars. Totally 26 US states and the District of Columbia have prohibited smoking in public places.

The report writes that more and more housing authorities go smoke-free voluntary as most residents support the initiative. All these anti-smoking measures resulted in overall decline in smoking prevalence.

However, the report states that 40% kids in the USA are exposed to secondhand smoke and main reason for that is slow decline in adult smoking prevalence and the fact that adults smoke at their homes.

The authors of the report concluded that despite great progress, still a big number of people continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke. They suggest that it is necessary to continue to implement anti-smoking laws and recommend to promote voluntary smoke-free rules in homes.

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