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This page includes links to resources about the harm of tobacco. Due to the overwhelming number of resources on the subject of harm, we have subdivided the category to show resources specifically about the harm of secondhand smoke, how tobacco harms the environment, as well as general resources about harm and death for tobacco users.

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.

Saving Lives, Saving Money: Smoke-Free Air Laws

Cancer Action Network, American Cancer Society ACS CAN icon 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.

Tobacco Documents Bibliography – Secondhand Smoke

UCSF-Library 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.

Smoke-free Lists, Maps, and Data

Model Ordinance 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.

Fact Sheet on Secondhand Smoke

No Smoking 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.

How Secondhand Smoke Affects the Brain

National Institutes of Health This National Institutes of Health study gives concrete evidence that secondhand smoke has a direct, measurable impact on the brain similar to the effect experienced by primary smokers.

Global Youth Tobacco Survey

L_GTSS 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.

Smoke-Free Housing

AAPThe 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.

RWJF Tobacco Map

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation RWJF iconThe 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.

Tobacco negatively affects the environment in almost every stage – from growing the leaf to consuming the product. This page highlights environmental issues of growing and manufacturing tobacco as well as litter from tobacco consumption. Resources about the smoking environment can be found on the Secondhand Smoke page.

Butt Really?

Video Icon In this video, Legacy for Health uses other forms of littering to highlight the atrocity of cigarette butt pollution.

Cigarette Butt Pollution Project

Cigarette Butt Pollution Cigarette Butt Pollution Project is an advocacy and research focused non-profit dedicated to the eradication of cigarette butt waste. This organization focuses on advocating for positive and effective policy options at the local, state and national levels.

State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System

The STATE System, developed by the CDC Office of Smoking and Health, is an interactive application that houses and displays current and historical state-level data on tobacco. Trend data, interactive maps, and state comparisons are available for topics such as legislation for indoor smoke-free policies, vending machines, smoke-free school campuses, and advertising restrictions.

Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body, and 6 million people worldwide die annually from tobacco use. This page provides links to death rates around the world, health consequences of smoking, and information on specific conditions caused by tobacco use such as lung cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Tobacco and Cancer

American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society provides information on tobacco use and its harmful health effects.

The Smoker's Body

The Smoker's Body This World Health Organization graphic illustrates some of the harmful effects of tobacco use on the body.


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Certain populations smoke at higher rates than the general population. This chapter of The Tobacco Atlas explores tobacco comorbidities among special populations, including individuals who excessively use alcohol, have a mental illness or other diseases, such as TB or HIV/AIDS.

Deaths Caused by Tobacco

tobacco-atlas-logo-positiveThe Tobacco Atlas provides an interactive map shows the prevalence of male and female deaths due to tobacco use by country. Use the “Filter by” function near the map to switch between male and female data. This link also provides general information about the death toll of tobacco and disparities in tobacco-related deaths.

WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2013

K_WHO  The fourth in the series, the 2013 report presents the status of the MPOWER measures, with country-specific data updated and aggregated through 2012. In addition, the report provides a special focus on legislation to ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (TAPS) in WHO Member States and an in-depth analyses of TAPS bans were performed, allowing for a more detailed understanding of progress and future challenges in this area.

Tobacco Fact Sheet

This World Health Organization fact sheet provides tobacco use data on death, illness, and impoverishment.World Health Organization

Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS)

HINTS health information national trends survey HINTS is a national survey uniquely dedicated to learning how people find, use, and understand health information. The tobacco module includes such topics as e-cigarettes, FDA regulation, harm reduction, and smoking cessation.

The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014

SG 50th anniversary smallFifty years after the release of the first Surgeon General’s report warning of the health hazards of smoking, we have learned how to end the tobacco epidemic. Over the past five decades, scientists, researchers and policy makers have determined what works, and what steps must be taken if we truly want to bring to a close one of our nation’s most tragic battles—one that has killed ten times the number of Americans who died in all of our nation’s wars combined.Evidence in this new report shows tobacco’s continued, immense burden to our nation—and how essential ending the tobacco epidemic is to our work to increase the life expectancy and quality of life of all Americans.