Today is World No Tobacco Day, a great time to think about how to reduce secondhand smoke exposure in your community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults exposed to secondhand smoke can develop heart disease and lung cancer. Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work increase their lung cancer risk by 20–30%.
Since March 19, 2010, more than 18.4 million Americans in 20 Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) communities have benefitted from smoke-free workplaces, restaurants, bars, multi-unit housing complexes, campuses, parks, or beaches. CPPW encourages communities to increase the number of smoke-free facilities.
This World No Tobacco Day, spread the word about the dangers of secondhand smoke in your community. How can you start? Watch and share a CDC-produced video called Secondhand Smoke: Triumphs and Tragedies. It is a 10-minute video that tells the stories of six individuals whose health was affected by secondhand smoke and/or who led local efforts to make workplaces and public places smoke-free.
How have you made your community smoke-free? Share your activities and successes with us!
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Secondhand Smoke: Triumphs and Tragedies Video: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/2006/transcripts/vid...