Many smoke exposed in home/Car despite smoke-free rules

June 14, 2013
Many smoke exposed in home/Car despite smoke-free rules
Many U.S. adults report voluntary smoke-free rules for private settings, such as homes and vehicles, but millions of people are still exposed to secondhand smoke in these environments, according to research published online May 16 in Preventing Chronic Disease.

(HealthDay)—Many U.S. adults report voluntary smoke-free rules for private settings, such as homes and vehicles, but millions of people are still exposed to secondhand smoke in these environments, according to research published online May 16 in Preventing Chronic Disease.

Brian A. King, Ph.D., M.P.H., of the U.S. in Atlanta, and colleagues calculated estimates of smoke-free rules and (within the past seven days) using data from the 2009 to 2010 National Adult Tobacco Survey.

The researchers found that 81.1 percent of adults reported voluntary smoke-free home rules, ranging from 67.9 percent to 92.9 percent across the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Many also reported smoke-free rules for household vehicles (73.6 percent). Some reported exposure to in homes (6.0 percent) and in vehicles (9.2 percent). Among nonsmokers, secondhand exposure to smoke was greatest for men, younger adults, non-Hispanic blacks, and those with a lower level of education.

"In conclusion, most U.S. adults are protected by voluntary 100 percent smoke-free rules in their homes and household vehicles," the authors write. "Nonetheless, an estimated 10.9 million adult nonsmokers remain exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes, and 16.7 million remain exposed in vehicles."

Explore further: Secondhand smoke exposure persists in multi-unit housing

More information: Full Text

Related Stories

Secondhand smoke exposure persists in multi-unit housing

September 11, 2012
(Medical Xpress)—A majority of Americans who live in multi-unit housing have adopted smoke-free rules in their private homes but millions remain involuntarily exposed to secondhand smoke in this environment, according to ...

Open windows, lower risk for preterm birth: study

February 14, 2013
(HealthDay) —Opening the windows at home may help pregnant women reduce their risk for preterm birth or low birth weight, a new study indicates.

Secondhand smoke causes longer hospitalization in infants with respiratory infections

June 4, 2013
More evidence has surfaced that supports the war on smoking, especially if smokers have an infant in their household. A study published today in the June issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal ...

Researchers invent real time secondhand smoke sensor

March 19, 2013
Making headway against a major public health threat, Dartmouth College researchers have invented the first ever secondhand tobacco smoke sensor that records data in real time, a new study in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco ...

Aggressive behavior linked specifically to secondhand smoke exposure in childhood

May 21, 2013
Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke in early childhood are more likely to grow up to physically aggressive and antisocial, regardless of whether they were exposed during pregnancy or their parents have a history ...

Smoking bans in public housing could save dollars, lives

April 17, 2013
(HealthDay)—Smoking bans in subsidized housing, including public housing and rental assistance programs, would save $521 million a year, according to new U.S. government research.

Recommended for you

Sleep better, lose weight?

January 17, 2018
(HealthDay)—Sleeplessness could cost you when it's time to stand on your bathroom scale, a new British study suggests.

Who uses phone apps to track sleep habits? Mostly the healthy and wealthy in US

January 16, 2018
The profile of most Americans who use popular mobile phone apps that track sleep habits is that they are relatively affluent, claim to eat well, and say they are in good health, even if some of them tend to smoke.

Improvements in mortality rates are slowed by rise in obesity in the United States

January 15, 2018
With countless medical advances and efforts to curb smoking, one might expect that life expectancy in the United States would improve. Yet according to recent studies, there's been a reduction in the rate of improvement in ...

Teens likely to crave junk food after watching TV ads

January 15, 2018
Teenagers who watch more than three hours of commercial TV a day are more likely to eat hundreds of extra junk food snacks, according to a report by Cancer Research UK.

Can muesli help against arthritis?

January 15, 2018
It is well known that healthy eating increases a general sense of wellbeing. Researchers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have now discovered that a fibre-rich diet can have a positive influence ...

Your dishwasher is not as sterile as you think

January 13, 2018
(HealthDay)—Your dishwasher may get those plates spotless, but it is also probably teeming with bacteria and fungus, a new study suggests.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.