Secondhand Smoke Facts

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The evidence is clear.
There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. Secondhand smoke is a serious public health problem, and even the briefest exposure to it is harmful, just take a look at the facts.

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States.
Seventy-eight percent of Alabamians, as well as a majority (82%) of other Americans, do not smoke.
Inhaling the dangerous chemicals found in tobacco smoke can be harmful to your health, causing cancer, cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases.
For every eight smokers killed from using tobacco products, one nonsmoker is killed from secondhand smoke.
Each year, more than 800 adult non-smokers in Alabama die from exposure to secondhand smoke.
Everyone, including people that work in bars and restaurants, has the right to breathe smokefree air.
No ventilation system can remove the harmful elements in secondhand smoke.
Smokefree worksites protect non-smokers and help smokers quit or reduce their usage.
Smokefree restaurants have actually been shown to increase profit because of larger groups (often more families) and faster table turnover.
Eliminating smoking in indoor spaces FULLY protects non-smokers from exposure to secondhand smoke.
The ONLY effective way to eliminate secondhand smoke exposure is to implement 100% smokefree policies.