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Friday, November 16, 2012

Smoke Free Large Cities

It is no secret, tobacco products can be extremely dangerous, with cigarettes being one of the largest killers around the world. People who avoid cigarettes are more likely to live a healthier life. Fortunately, due to a number of programs and ad campaigns, people are quitting every day. Just over ten years ago in practically every state you could walk into a restaurant and ask for the smoking section. Today, that is no longer the case! 

A new report conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that sixty percent of the 50 largest U.S. cities are smoke free, with almost half of Americans being protected by state or local smoke-free laws. In the year 2000, less than 3 percent of Americans were protected by such laws, according to HealthDay

The CDC report showed that 16 of the 50 largest cities were protected by local smoke-free laws as of October 2012 and 14 additional cities were covered by state laws. However, ten of the 20 largest cities without smoke-free laws are in southern states.

“Communities have made tremendous progress eliminating smoking from worksites and public places in 60 percent of big cities in the United States. Smoke-free laws save lives and don’t hurt business,” CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, said in a news release. “If we can protect workers and the public in the remaining 20 largest cities, 16 million people would be better protected from cancer and heart disease caused by secondhand smoke.” 

It is important to remember that cigarette smoking is like any other addiction. Therefore, if you need help quitting smoking look for community resources, including the American Cancer Society.
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