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American Cities Reduce Secondhand Smoke

Posted on December 04, 2012
by Wendy Stackhouse

Map of Major Cities in US

Have the smoking laws changed where you live in recent years? Your answer is most likely “Yes.”

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control released the results of a study on smoking in American cities which showed huge changes in our smoking regulations–and our habits–all over the country.

In 2000, only one city in the list of the 50 largest had smoking regulations prohibiting the use of tobacco in all indoor areas of private workplaces, restaurants, and bars. That city was San Jose, California. Today, 30 cities of the top 50 have either state or local laws regulating smoking.

What cities are they?

New York, NY
Los Angeles, CA
Chicago, IL
Houston, TX
Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix, AZ
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
Dallas, TX
San Jose, CA
Jacksonville, FL
Indianapolis, IN
San Francisco, CA
Austin, TX
Columbus, OH
Fort Worth, TX
Charlotte, NC
Detroit, MI
El Paso, TX
Memphis, TN
Baltimore, MD
Boston, MA
Seattle, WA
Washington, DC
Nashville-Davidson, TN
Denver, CO
Louisville-Jefferson, KY
Milwaukee, WI
Portland, OR
Las Vegas, NV
Oklahoma City, OK
Albuquerque, NM
Tucson, AZ
Fresno, CA
Sacramento, CA
Long Beach, CA
Kansas City, MO
Mesa, AZ
Virginia Beach, VA
Atlanta, GA
Colorado Springs, CO
Omaha, NE
Raleigh, NC
Miami, FL
Cleveland, OH
Tulsa, OK
Oakland, CA
Minneapolis, MN
Wichita, KS
Arlington, TX

Is your city on the list?

The Surgeon General says, “There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke causes heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults and is a known cause of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS, respiratory problems, ear infections, and asthma attacks in infants and children.” These American cities are safer for those who don’t smoke and encourage smokers to quit.

Sounds like a good New Year’s resolution to me!

Wendy Stackhouse has been the Online Community Manager for AirTek and our parent company, Alliance Environmental Group, which offers residential and commercial cleaning, pest control, demolition, structural pasteurization and many other environmental services, since October of 2011. Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter for more updates on indoor air challenges!

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