Majority of U.S. Adults Have Smoke-Free Rules at Home and in Vehicles; Do You?

Majority of U.S. Adults Have Smoke-Free Rules at Home and in Vehicles; Do You?

May 17, 2013 Updated May 17, 2013 at 1:17 PM CDT

Do you have smoking rules in your home or in your vehicle? If you do, you are among the majority.

According to a news release issued this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a recent survey found four out of five U.S. adults report having voluntary smoke-free rules in their homes and three out of four report having voluntary smoke-free rules in their vehicles.

According to the CDC, the study is the first to present estimates of smoke-free rules and secondhand smoke exposure in vehicles among U.S. adults.

Additional study findings include:

*Eighty-one percent of U.S. adults report having smoke-free rules in their homes and 74 percent have smoke-free rules in their vehicle.                                                                                                

*Eighty-nine percent of non-smokers report having smoke-free home rules, while only 48 percent of smokers have them.

*Eighty-five percent of non-smokers report having smoke-free vehicle rules, while only 27 percent of smokers have them.

*Secondhand smoke exposure among nonsmokers in homes and vehicles was greatest among men, younger adults, non-Hispanic blacks, and those with a lower level of education.

*Many of the states with the lowest prevalence of smoke-free rules in homes and vehicles are states with a high prevalence of adult smoking.

According to the CDC, tobacco use leads to disease and disability and use of tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death, and information on the CDC website says:

Worldwide, tobacco use causes more than 5 million deaths per year, and current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030.

In the United States, smoking is responsible for about one in five deaths annually (i.e., about 443,000 deaths per year, and an estimated 49,000 of these smoking-related deaths are the result of secondhand smoke exposure).

On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.
 

 

Visit the Smoking and Tobacco Use section of the CDC's website by clicking HERE.

Want to quit smoking? Get tips on how to quit from the CDC by clicking HERE.