Where There's Smoke

Report on smoking trends and tobacco smoke exposure

Continued steps needed to reduce exposure

Policy Changes

Higher tobacco taxes, graphic warning labels, and strong media campaigns have been known to help people to make quit attempts and ultimately quit tobacco use, there are several initiatives that can help to reduce SHS exposure.

Adopt smokefree Policies

National and international studies have found substantial declines in cotinine, a marker of SHS, among both hospitality workers and the general public following the implementation of smokefree laws. For those most exposed, comprehensive smokefree will significantly reduce exposure to SHS. A majority of Americans would like to see and are more likely to traffic locations that are smokefree with little to no economic burden to businesses and a high level of compliance.

Home smokefree policies

Home smokefree policies that include cars and spaces adjacent to the home protect children, guests, those who are vulnerable to tobacco smoke, including pets, from second and thirdhand tobacco smoke toxins. Smokefree policies can also help to encourage smoking cessation. 100%

Smokefree MUH policies

Encouraging and Enacting 100% smoke-free multi-unit housing policies present benefits for tenants and landlords. Tenants, many of whom are nonsmokers, are provided ith with a cleaner and healthier living space that’s safe for all beings. Renters would rather live in smokefree environments, making units are more readily marketable to renters or condominium owners. The cost of upkeep and turnover in dwellings that allow smoking are higher and cause a longer turn-around for rentals and sales.

Improve and increase screening for SHS exposure

Screening questions should identify opportunities and barriers to SHS exposure screening and counseling. Adults and children should be screened during clinical encounters by asking if they are exposed or have ever been exposed to smoke from any tobacco products in their usual environment. Clinician training, quality measurement or other accountability, policy and electronic health records interventions are needed to implement consistent screening.

Smoking Cessation

According to the US Surgeon General’s 2020 Report on Smoking Cessation, smoking cessation reduces the risk for many adverse health effects, including poor reproductive health outcomes, cardiovascular diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cancer [mfn]U.S. Department of Health and Human Services OotSG. Smoking Cessation: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: Office on Smoking and Health; 2020.[/mfn], and can significantly reduce nonsmokers’ involuntary exposure to dangerous tobacco smoke.

  • Approximately two-thirds of smokers say that they want to quit. Over 50 percent of smokers report that they tried to quit smoking in the past year. However, only 3 to 6 percent of smokers who make an unaided quit attempt are still abstinent one year later.
  • Advocate for easy to obtain cessation options for smokers: Cessation medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and behavioral counseling increase the likelihood of successfully quitting smoking, mainly when used in combination.
  • Fewer than one-third of adult smokers who try to quit seek help, use the most effective treatments.