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HHS HealthBeat (June 12, 2013)

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

It used to be that you could light a cigarette just about anywhere. Not so anymore, because more people understand that smoking sickens and kills people – even when it’s secondhand.

Researcher Brian King of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says national survey data for 2009 and 2010 show 81 percent of adults had rules against smoking in their homes, and 74 percent had rules against smoking in their cars.

This doesn’t make everybody’s air smoke-free. King says lots of people who don’t smoke still can be exposed to secondhand smoke:

“Approximately 11 million nonsmoking adults are still exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes, and almost 17 million are still exposed in vehicles.”

The study was in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: June 12, 2013