The Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, “there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke. Any exposure to tobacco smoke – even occasional exposure to secondhand smoke – is harmful.” Secondhand smoke causes an estimated 50,000 deaths each year mostly from lung cancer and coronary heart disease. You can find more information from the American Lung Association on secondhand smoke by clicking here.
Secondhand smoke is especially dangerous for people who must spend 8 hours a day or more exposed at work. That is why the American Lung Association is dedicated to eliminating smoking in all public places and workplaces. We have issued a Smokefree Air Challenge calling on all states to pass comprehensive smokefree laws.
Through our efforts and those of our partner organizations, 28 states and the District of Columbia have now passed laws prohibiting smoking in almost all public places and workplaces. You can find out if your state is one of them by clicking here.