Tag Archives: Secondhand Smoke

Tobacco Use in Rural California: American Lung Association & CA4Health Release New Survey Results

Today, the American Lung Association and CA4Health released results from a survey of 12 rural California counties on tenants’ attitudes toward secondhand smoke in apartments and other multi-unit housing. These results show that tenants in rural communities are highly aware of the dangers of secondhand smoke and support protections against it in multi-unit housing. This survey found that 69% of rural tenants surveyed favor rules prohibiting smoking in outdoor common areas and 61% favor a ban on smoking inside apartment units.

Although California has many strong local tobacco control policies, rural California has not yet benefitted from the same protections as the rest of the state. However, this new survey shows that renters in these communities want the same protections. Read More »

Save The Bay Wants Outdoor Smoking Bans to Protect Our Environment!

Outdoor smoking bans help protect public health—they also protect water quality and our environment. That’s why Save The Bay *has launched a new effort to work city-by-city to pass and enforce outdoor smoking bans to keep toxic cigarette litter out of our waterways and out of San Francisco Bay. Watch this video:

Tell your city’s leaders to adopt an outdoor smoking ban and stop litter at the source: http://bit.ly/1m4sFl5

Nationally and Locally, There Have Been Great Strides in Tobacco Control, However, There is More Work to be Done and Changes to be Made!

The United States 50 years ago seems like a society filled with completely different people. The culture back then was very different than today, from the cars we drove and jargon used to ideas held on public health. 50 years ago, people didn’t know the true harm tobacco has on smokers and the people around them. So what led to this change?

In 1964, the Surgeon General released a report on smoking and health. This report was the first of its kind and detailed the dangers of tobacco and linked smoking to lung cancer and heart disease. Although it took a lot of time and work to change the social norm of the smoking culture of the past, this report was a hot button issue and still is today.

A new Surgeon General’s Report, The Health Consequences of Smoking – 50 Years of Progress, was just released 2 weeks ago. This new report finds that although there has been progress, 20 million Americans have died due to tobacco in the past 50 years. And 2.5 million of these deaths were among nonsmokers who were exposed to secondhand smoke. Another shocking fact found in the report is that tobacco is even deadlier and more addictive than it was 50 years ago because of the increased amount of nicotine put into tobacco products today. Read More »

We Have Resources for Your CX Process

Recently, I’ve started getting lots of questions about how many and which communities have passed various local tobacco control policies. This is all part of the CX process that local tobacco coalitions are in the middle of right now. At the Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing, we produce a lot of documents that list the details of policies ranging from tobacco retailer licenses to secondhand smoke ordinances. In addition, we’ve done a lot of public opinion polling over the years, which might also be useful for your coalition to consider.

But with so much information, how do you all figure out what is available for each indicator? There are a lot of indicators, and we have resources for many of them. Here is a quick and dirty summary of some of the information you can find on our website: Read More »

COPD Awareness Month – Four Steps to Better Manage COPD.

In recognition of November as COPD Awareness month we have a Guest Blogger, Lorene Alba, State Director of Programs, American Lung Association in California

I’m a baby boomer – which means I grew up in a world full of second-hand smoke. My parents and grandparents smoked when I was young. Every restaurant we dined in, Broadway show we attended and airplane we flew in for summer vacation was filled with cigarette smoke. It’s no surprise that I, along with most of my family members, have some form of chronic lung disease caused by either smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke.

November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month. COPD (the umbrella term for emphysema and chronic bronchitis) is a progressive lung disease that slowly robs its sufferers of the ability to draw life-sustaining breath. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States, surpassed only by heart disease and cancer. Since smoking is the primary cause of COPD, many living with the disease do so in isolation due to the negative stigma associated with COPD and smoking.

There is no known cure for COPD, but it can be managed. If someone you love is struggling with COPD, Read More »