Clear the Air at Work
Workplaces are one the most common sources of second-hand smoke exposure.
Second-hand smoke in the workplace has been linked to an increased risk for heart disease and lung cancer among adult non-smokers.
Separating smokers from non-smokers, cleaning the air, and ventilating the building cannot prevent second-hand smoke exposure if workers still smoke inside the building.
Going second-hand smoke free in the workplace can lead to lower maintenance expenses, lower insurance premiums, and lower labor costs.
Clear the Air at Home
In children, second-hand smoke exposure can slow lung growth, lead to acute respiratory infections, induce more severe asthma attacks and even lead to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Each year, second-hand smoke is responsible for 150,000 to 300,000 new cases of bronchitis and pneumonia among children under 18 months of age, leading to 7,500 to 15,000 hospitalizations.
53.6% of young children (aged 3–11 years) were exposed to second-hand smoke in 2007–2008.
While only 5.4% of adult non-smokers in the United States lived with someone who smoked inside their home, 18.2% of children (aged 3–11 years) lived with someone who smoked inside their home in 2007–2008.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can be done to protect us from second-hand smoke?
Research has documented the effectiveness of laws and policies to protect the public from second-hand smoke exposure, promote cessation, and prevent initiation by young people. In Florida, a growing number of cities, counties, school districts, colleges and universities are enacting laws and policies to prevent second-hand smoke exposure and to increase the number of tobacco-free public spaces. A few of these include:
Do Orange County residents support making public space smoke-free?
Orange County residents overwhelming support tobacco-free spaces in our community. An independent survey of Orange County residents conducted for all in found: