State Smoking Prohibitions in Public Places: Effectively Protecting Employees and the Public from Secondhand Smoke Exposure
Michael A. Tynan
use is the leading cause of preventable death in the
worksites, restaurants and bars are locations where employees and the public
are likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke, sometimes in high concentrations.
Smoke-free laws that prohibit smoking in all indoor areas of these public places
are the only way to protect nonsmokers from the adverse health effects of
secondhand smoke.† A Health People 2010
Objective (no. 27-13) calls for establishing smoke-free laws in all 50 states
Using the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionís (CDC) State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System, this presentation will examine the extent to which states have passed laws that provide adequate protection against secondhand smoke in worksites, restaurants, and bars.
According to the STATE System preliminary results reveal that as of June 30, 2008: 24 states prohibit smoking in private worksites, 24 states prohibit smoking in restaurants, and 13 states prohibit smoking in bars.† While findings indicate that the number of states that have enacted smoking bans in these three locations has increased substantially in recent years, just over half of the states offer either inadequate or no protection for nonsmokers in these locations.