The Alliance of Boulder County
on Tobacco and Health
Tobacco as a Problem for Nonsmokers
This page contains links to recent media articles about tobacco and its
many effects on nonsmokers -
An excellent disucssion about how the American Disabilities
Act (ADA) applies (or at least should) to people with health conditions that
require they avoid tobacco smoke is at GASP of Colorado's Education Center -
The Hazards of Secondhand Smoke
And - it is worth keeping in mind some of the reasons for our
concern about tobacco use in public places -
Nonsmokers face a variety of serious risks from exposure to
other people's tobacco smoke. According to the Centers for Disease Control,
secondhand tobacco smoke smoke:
- Tobacco continues to be the number one cause of preventable disease and
death in Colorado.
- More people die from smoking each year than AIDS, car accidents, drug and
alcohol abuse, fires, homicide, and suicide combined.
- And, for each tobacco-related death, another 20 adults suffer from a
- Causes 3,000 nonsmokers' deaths from lung cancer and 62,000 heart disease
deaths in U.S. each year;
- Causes serious respiratory problems in children, including increasing the
frequency and severity of asthma attacks;
- Increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome and middle-ear
infections in children;
- Represents a common, severe public-health hazard that can be entirely
prevented by adopting and enforcing comprehensive smokefree public areas
- There is a law called the American Disabilities Act that says people
with the disability of a health problem that requires they do not breath
tobacco smoke should have access to public amenities.
- Return to the
Alliance home page.
- URL of this page: http://bcn.boulder.co.us/community/abct/abct2ndx.htm