What Do We Know About Secondhand Smoke?
TRUE or FALSE: There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. That's according to the U.S. Surgeon General from back in 2006.
TRUE or FALSE: 1,430 adult nonsmokers in Georgia die each year from exposure to secondhand smoke.
TRUE or FALSE: Exposure to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system, interfering with normal functioning of the heart, blood, and vascular systems.
Unfortunately, these statements are all TRUE.
The effects of tobacco use go far beyond the user, causing long-lasting health effects, and "no smoking" sections, opening a window or even filtering the air do NOT protect you from secondhand smoke.
Today, 27% of us in Richmond County are still exposed to secondhand smoke everyday in our workplaces.
2006 U.S. Surgeon General's Report:
Secondhand Smoke: What It Means to You
The U.S. Surgeon General issued a report on the health consequences of involuntary exposure to tobacco smoke in 2006.
2010 U.S. Surgeon General's Report:
How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease
The 2010 U.S. Surgeon General's report contains important new information about how tobacco smoke causes disease. The report makes it clear why we must protect others from tobacco smoke. This summary has a message for everyone--friends, families and co-workers.
Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Cardiovascular Effects: Making Sense of the Evidence
Evidence suggests that exposure to secondhand smoke also can result in adverse health effects, including heart disease in nonsmoking adults. In 2008, the CDC asked the Institute of Medicine to convene a committee to assess the relationship between secondhand-smoke exposure and effects on the heart.
2012 U.S. Surgeon General's Report:
Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Adults
In this 2012 report, the U.S. Surgeon General focuses on tobacco use in youth and young adults and how we can break or prevent these early addictions.
CSRA Data: Secondhand Smoke and Lung Cancer
The data is in: Find out the stats on cigarette use, secondhand smoke and lung cancer in our community--and why 90 percent of us support tobacco-free indoor and outdoor public places.
Health Needs in the CSRA:
Tobacco Use Is Among the Top Concerns
University Health Care System recently completed a community health needs assessment. No surprise, tobacco prevention was included as one of our community's needs.
"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes...and Nose...and Lungs..."
IT'S A FACT: Despite the Georgia Smokefree Air Act of 2005, more restaurants and bars today are allowing smoking due to exemptions in the law, putting both workers and minors at risk for major health problems! From 2006 to 2012, the percentage of restaurants and bars in Georgia allowing smoking nearly doubled, from 9.1% in 2006 to 17.6% in 2012.
Georgia Data: Secondhand Smoke & Heart Disease
About 37% (180,000) of adults in Georgia aged 35 years and older with heartdisease have been exposed to secondhand smoke at work and at play.
2014 U.S. Surgeon General's Report: The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress
The 2014 U.S. Surgeon General's report reviews five decades of findings on how to end the tobacco epidemic.
2016 U.S. Surgeon General's Report: E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults
E-cigarette use is rising rapidly among American youth and young adults. This report reviews the dangers as well as strategies to protect young people from using or continuing to use e-cigarettes.