Secondhand smoke, also commonly known as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), is responsible for 600,000 deaths per year, of which 75% are women and children. This page provides links to resources on surveillance, health consequences of exposure, and preventive measures for secondhand smoke exposure.
This 2011 report from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network measures the dramatic health and economic benefits of enacting smoke-free air laws. The report quantifies lives saved, reduction in smokers, and health costs saved in each state from implementing these strong tobacco control policies.
Frequently updated comprehensive bibliography of publications and resources that utilize and analyze tobacco industry documents from 1994 to present. This section of the bibliography is specifically devoted to secondhand smoke.
Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights has tracked, collected, and analyzed tobacco control laws around the country since the early 1980s. This page provides fact sheets about laws and ordinances across the country.
This Fact Sheet was compiled by Repace and Associates, Inc. in response to a request by the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), Geneva, Switzerland, and presented at the 2nd European Conference on Tobacco or Health in 1999.
This excerpt of the 2006 Health Consequences of Involuntary Tobacco Smoke highlights the serious health risks that secondhand smoke exposure poses to our children and the need to extend the same protections to them that many U.S. adults already enjoy.
GYTS is a school-based survey that collects data on students ages 13–15, including rates of secondhand smoke exposure among youth. GYTS uses a standardized methodology for constructing the sample frame, selecting schools and classes, and processing data.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled information and resources regarding secondhand-smoke exposure in the home. Links include major news coverage, smoke-free housing toolkits, and additional resources.
The RWJF Tobacco Map uses data from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights and will be updated as new information becomes available. The “map” is actually three distinct maps, each focusing on a different aspect of tobacco policy. They provide state-by-state breakdowns on smoke-free laws, cigarette tax rates, and total tobacco control spending.
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment prepared this 2005 report on the Health Effects of Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke and discusses a variety of topics including the effects on reproductions, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.