COMPREHENSIVE SECOND-HAND SMOKE CONTROL ORDINANCE

    

SECOND-HAND SMOKE FACTS

  • Scientific studies have concluded that cigarette smoking causes chronic lung disease, coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer of the lungs, larynx, esophagus, mouth, and bladder, and contributes to cancer of the cervix, pancreas, and kidneys.

  • The use of cigars is known to cause lung, larynx, esophageal, and oral cancer.

  • More than 440,000 people die in the United States from tobacco related diseases every year, making it the nation's leading cause of preventable illness.

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by 2030, tobacco will account for 10 million deaths per year, making it the greatest cause of death worldwide.

  • 87.9% of non-smokers showed detectable levels of cotinine (a metabolite of nicotine) in their blood, the most likely source of which is secondhand smoke exposure.

  • Secondhand smoke exposure causes as many as 300,000 children in the United States to suffer from lower respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia and bronchitis, exacerbates childhood asthma, and increases the risk of acute, chronic, middle ear infection in children.

  • The California Air Resources Board has determined that secondhand smoke is a toxic air contaminant, finding that exposure to secondhand smoke has serious health effects including low birth-weight babies; Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS); increased respiratory infections in children; asthma in children and adults; lung, sinus and breast cancer; heart disease; and death.

  • Secondhand smoke exposure adversely affects fetal growth, with elevated risk of low birth weight and increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in infants of mothers who smoke.

City of Calabasas 2014