Secondhand Smoke

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.