Tobacco Free Environments Position Statement

Tobacco Free Environments Position Statement

Tobacco-related disease is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. ... Secondhand smoke is shown to increase heart disease, lung disease, sudden infant death syndrome, certain cancers and other conditions. ... Smokeless tobacco increases the risk of lip, tongue, cheek, gum and mouth cancer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20% of adults, or 48.5 million Americans age 18 and older, were current cigarette smokers in 2012. The 2013 Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey found that 25% of adults in our region are current smokers. ...

Therefore, Interact for Health believes that local, state and federal entities and public service institutions should enact policies that create tobacco-free environments in spaces that are used by the general public.

To read the full statement, click here.

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