Exposure to secondhand smoke has been casually linked to lung cancer, respiratory, and cardiovascular diseases, and to serious illness in infants and children. The 2006 Surgeon General's Report, The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke, concluded that eliminating smoking from indoor spaces is required to protect nonsmokers from exposure to secondhand smoke; separating smokers from nonsmokers, cleaning the air, and ventilating buildings cannot eliminate exposures of nonsmokers to secondhand smoke. In July 2006, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) announced a smoke-free meeting policy requiring that all meetings and conferences organized or primarily sponsored by NCI be held in a state, county, city, or town that has adopted a comprehensive smoke-free policy. The smoke-free meetings policy went into effect January 1, 2007.
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Bob Vollinger, MSPH
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The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General (January 2014)
The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General (June 2006)
Secondhand Smoke and What it Means to You (June 2006)
NCI Tobacco Control Monograph, Volume 10: Health Effects of Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke (August 1999)
The Health Consequences of Involuntary Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General (December 1986)