Smokefree DC is a citizen-based group whose goal is to promote smokefree environments in Washington, DC.

News stats bolster need for smokefree laws

Eighty-eight million non-smokers –  including too many children — continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke.

So says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has updated its numbers on the number of adults in the U.S. who smoke and the number of people who are exposed to secondhand smoke. Here’s the latest from the agency:

While secondhand smoke exposure in the U.S. has fallen substantially over the last 20 years, more needs to be done to continue this decline. … From 1988–1991, around 88% of nonsmokers in the United States were exposed to secondhand smoke. However, after a growing number of smoking bans in work and public places and public health efforts to reduce smoking in homes, that number dropped to about 53% by 1999–2000. During 2007–2008, about 4 out of 10 people, or 40% nonsmokers were exposed to secondhand smoke.

As for the number of smokers in the U.S., that number has held steady at 20.6 percent over the past five years.

The bottom line: States need to keep passing those smokefree laws.

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