Secondhand Smoke

State Policy

Louisiana House agrees to extend smoking ban to within 25 feet of building entrances (LA)
A bill that would ban smoking within 25 feet of building entrances has passed the Louisiana House, and will now be discussed in the Senate. The policy would not apply to casinos, bars and or private residences, which are exempt under the state’s existing smoke-free policy. The bill’s sponsor, Representative Frank Hoffman, believes the bill will protect state residents from the dangers of secondhand smoke. Click here to learn more and click here to track HB 307.

New York Parks Department bans smoking at playgrounds, pools (NY)
New York parks officials have announced that starting this spring, areas in outdoor parks and historic sites where people congregate will now be smoke-free zones. The smoke-free zones will include recreational areas such as beaches and picnic shelters. Officials believe that the new policy will protect the public from secondhand smoke exposure and reduce cigarette litter. Read more here, or click here to read a press release from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Bloomberg calls for residential smoking rules (NY)
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has introduced legislation that would require residential building owners to adopt written policies on where smoking is allowed or prohibited and to disclose those rules to prospective tenants and buyers. The purpose of this proposed bill is to make residential policies more transparent so apartment dwellers know if they will be exposed to secondhand smoke in their future home. Some officials believe that adopting this policy would lead to more smoke-free apartment buildings in New York City. Click here to read more and click here to read a statement from Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids on the proposed legislation.

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International

Russia ready to crack down on smoking (Russia)
A bill that would make most public places smoke-free is under consideration by the Russian parliament, and disagreements between ministries have been resolved, according to a government spokesperson. Currently, approximately 40% of the Russian population smokes, more than in any other country. Click here to read more about the provisions of the bill, or click here to read an update regarding the bill’s status.

Socioeconomic inequalities in childhood exposure to secondhand smoke before and after smoke-free legislation in three UK countries (United Kingdom)
Survey results published in the Journal of Public Health measured differences in secondhand smoke exposure among children by socioeconomic status (SES) after the enactment of smoke-free air legislation. The authors conducted a survey among primary school children in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland to assess SES, parental smoking, and car and home smoking restrictions. The children’s saliva samples were collected to measure the presence of cotinine, a nicotine byproduct. The data did not indicate that there was any displacement of smoking from public places into the home; however, the researchers detected cotinine in 96.9% of children from the poorest families compared to 38.2% of children from the most affluent families. Based on these findings, the authors suggest that urgent action is needed to reduce inequalities in secondhand smoke exposure, especially in homes and cars. Click here for more information.

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