26 States Have Complete Smoking Bans

In the past ten years 26 U.S. states have decreed smoke-free laws in public places including worksites, restaurants and bars. However, according to a government southern states have not yet adopted such laws.

On Thursday the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report which demonstrates quick development in adopting smoking ban in many states of the Unites States of America since 2000. These states adopted laws to protect nonsmoking people from effects of passive smoking.

No Smoking sign in private place

No Smoking sign in private place

Meanwhile, some southern states permit as before smoking tobacco products at public places such as bars or restaurants. Seven states do not have ordinance forbidding smoking in these public places.

Explorers informed in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality report that during 10 years smoking bans in workplaces, restaurants and bars became as a norm and not as a rare factor in half of the states and District of Columbia.

The CDC reported that on December 21 of 2010, 26 of the 50 U.S. states have adopted complete smoking bans, and approximately half of population in the United States, that is 47.8 percent, are protected by state or local smoking bans.

The researches reported that if such process goes on, the U.S. citizens could be 100 percent smoke-free by 2020.

However, South states and the some West parts have opposed full statewide smoking bans. Seven states – Mississippi, South Carolina, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Texas and Wyoming – do not have ordinances prohibiting smoking in private workplaces, bars and restaurants.

The CDC informed that according to this approximately 88 million non-smoking people in the United States are still subjected to passive smoking.

3 southern states such as Florida, Louisiana and North Carolina have smoke-free laws in any two of the three venues (workplaces, bars and restaurants) and southern states have not laws banning smoking covering all three.

In accordance with the U.S. Surgeon General, actions such as separation non-smoking people from smoking ones and ventilation of buildings do not completely protect non-smoking people from passive smoking. It is considered that the only successful and resultative action is to prohibit smoking in all indoor areas.

Chief executive of the American Heart Association, Nancy Brown, said that they have to take aim at those areas that persist to lag despite studies that demonstrate smoking ban policies benefit public health and the local economy with lower health care costs.

In concordance with the CDC, passive smoking is a cause of approximately 46,000 deaths from heart disease and 3,400 lung cancer deaths among U.S. nonsmokers each year.

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