This section provides everything you need to effectively communicate about how smoke-free laws that ban smoking in all indoor public places, workplaces, and public transport are an essential component of a strategy to reduce tobacco use.
38.7% of Indian adults have been exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke at home.
1.2 billion adults are exposed to secondhand smoke in public places.
205 million adults made an attempt to quit smoking in the past 12 months.
Smoke-free laws are feasible for every country regardless of culture, climate, and income level.
There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure. Exposure to secondhand smoke causes death, disease, and disability among non-smoking adults and children.
Adults exposed to secondhand smoke in the workplace are at greater risk for developing tobacco-related health problems than adults who work in smoke-free environments.
Women and children are disproportionately harmed by secondhand smoke due to their increased exposure from male smokers.
Smoke-free laws save lives, protect workers’ health, and immediately improve public health.
Exposure to secondhand smoke increases healthcare and medical costs.
Smoke-free laws improve public health by reducing the public’s exposure to secondhand smoke, helping smokers reduce cigarette consumption, and helping smokers quit.
Smoke-free laws do not harm the hospitality industry. In fact, in some countries smoke-free laws have been shown to benefit the economy.
Over 1 billion people, or 16% of the world’s population, are protected by comprehensive national smoke-free laws.
Almost half of children regularly breathe air polluted by tobacco smoke in public places.
In 2004, children accounted for 28% of the deaths attributable to secondhand smoke.
About 7 in 10 adults in Pakistan (16.8 million people), who work indoors, have been exposed to tobacco smoke at the workplace.
51.3% adults in Indonesia (14.6 million people) have been exposed to tobacco smoke at the workplace.
78.4% adults in Indonesia (133.3 million people) have been exposed to tobacco smoke at home.
85.4% of adults in Indonesia (44 million people) who have visited restaurants, have been exposed to tobacco smoke.
Secondhand smoke kills more than 600,000 people worldwide each year, including 165,000 children.
Globally, an estimated 33% of non-smoking males, 35% of non-smoking females, and 40% of children are exposed to secondhand smoke indoors.
In the United Kingdom, exposure to secondhand smoke among children costs at least £9.7 million each year in primary care visits and asthma treatment, £13.6 million in hospital admissions, and £4 million on asthma drugs for children up to the age of 16.
Of all deaths attributable to secondhand smoke, approximately 47% occur among non-smoking women and 27% occur among non-smoking children.
During the year following implementation of Arizona’s statewide smoke-free law in 2007, hospital admissions decreased for acute heart attacks by 13%, for unstable angina by 33%, for stroke by 14%, and for asthma by 22%.
A study comparing the average hospital admissions for asthma 6 years before and 3 years after Scotland’s 2006 smoke-free legislation found that hospital admissions for asthma dropped 15% among children (age <15).
In the state of Minnesota, there was no significant change in bar or restaurant employment in both rural and urban regions following local smoke-free laws.
5 in 10 Chinese adults have been exposed to tobacco smoke at the workplace.
Two years after the smoke-free law was implemented in the state of Washington, sales revenues were $105.5 million USD higher than expected for bars and taverns.
A review of the implementation of smoke-free laws in multiple locations found that the level of indoor air pollution declined by 71%–99% after the implementation of local, state, or national smoke-free legislation in New York, Massachusetts, Delaware, Hawaii, Scotland, Ireland, England, Finland, and Italy.
In Uruguay, air nicotine concentration (a byproduct of smoking) fell by an average of 91% among the public places tested (schools, hospitals, government buildings airports, restaurants, and bars) after the implementation of their national smoke-free law.
50% of Polish non-smokers have been exposed to secondhand smoke at restaurants.
4% of smokers in the Philippines successful quit smoking in the last 12 months.
21.5% Filipino workers (6.1 million adults) have been exposed to tobacco smoke at their workplace in the past month.
34.7% Filipinos adults have been exposed to tobacco smoke at home.
29% of Indians have been exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke in public.
A 2008 survey of restaurant employees in Shanghai found that 66% of workers exposed to secondhand smoke experienced at least one respiratory symptom, such as difficulty breathing, increased phlegm, and sore throat.
60% of every day smokers in Mexico quit during the year.
19.7% of Mexican adults (3.8 million people) have been exposed to tobacco smoke at the workplace.
12.6% of Mexican adults have been exposed to tobacco smoke at home.
Among children exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke, there is a 50–100% higher risk of acute respiratory illness, higher incidence of ear infections and an increased likelihood of developmental disabilities and behavioral problems.
60% of current smokers in Russia plan to, or are thinking about quitting.
60.7% of Egyptian adults (6.5 million people ) have been exposed to tobacco smoke in the workplace.
34.9% of Russian workers (21.9 million people) have been exposed to tobacco smoke at their workplace.
81.5% of Egyptian adults have been exposed to tobacco smoke at home in the past month.
35% of every day smokers in Poland made an attempt to quit this past year.
5 in 10 smokers in Poland plan to or are thinking about quitting.
44.2% of adults in Poland (14.1 million people) have been exposed to tobacco smoke at home.
33% of Polish workers (4.3 million people) have been exposed to tobacco smoke at their workplace.
7 in 10 smokers in Bangladesh plan on or are thinking about quitting this year.
87.6% of Polish non-smokers have been exposed to secondhand smoke at a bar.