PA's Smoking Ban Should Filter Into Homes and Cars Too, According to Temple University Expert
"Now it is up to individuals and families to make their homes and carssmoke-free too," said Jennifer Ibrahim, Temple University assistant professorof public health."
Ibrahim was co-author of a recent report on smoking bans in LancetOncology from the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
She and her colleagues reviewed the global body of peer-reviewed publishedresearch and government reports regarding the health, economic and socialimpact of exposure to secondhand smoke.
-- Voluntary smoke-free home and car policies decrease exposure tosecondhand smoke for children, as well as decrease adult smoking.
-- Despite arguments to the contrary, there is no evidence anywhere in theworld to support claims regarding negative economic consequences of such apolicy on the restaurant and bar industries.
-- There are significant health benefits to reducing exposure tosecondhand smoke
-- There is good compliance and minimal opposition once a smoke-freepolicy has been passed.
Already a few states, including Maine, Massachusetts, and California, bansmoking in a car when a minor is present. Nationwide, there are at least 36public housing authorities that have smoke-free public housing, followingguidelines provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Smoke-freeHomes and Cars Program (http://www.epa.gov/smokefree/).
"It is important to keep in mind that smoke-free policies are notprohibiting smokers from smoking. The policy is intended to protect thepublic from exposure to secondhand smoke. Period. Smokers may continue tosmoke outside," said Ibrahim.
The full text of the article is available online athttp://tinyurl.com/6fnyb9.
The full IARC report will be released at the World Conference on Tobaccoor Health to be held in Mumbai, India in March 2009.
SOURCE Temple University
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