Yourwellness Magazine Investigates Effects of Smoking Bans

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With a new study finding that the majority of US adults have smoking bans in their homes and cars, Yourwellness Magazine reported on an Indian study which found that workplace smoking bans reduce smoking in the home.

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According to a new study, appearing in the May 16th issue of the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease, four out of five adults now have smoke-free rules in their homes, while about three out of four have enacted the same ban in their cars. While 89% of non-smokers say they have a smoke-free policy at home, only 48% of smokers have a similar rule. When it comes to cars or other vehicles, 85% of non-smokers do not allow smoking, compared to just 27% of smokers. (http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2013/12_0218.htm)

In a news release, study lead author Brian King, an epidemiologist in the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health, commented, "While almost half of all U.S. residents are protected by 100% smoke-free policies in work sites, restaurants and bars, overall there are still an estimated 88 million non-smoking Americans over the age of three who are exposed to second-hand smoke. It's important to educate people on the dangers of second-hand smoke exposure and how smoke-free homes and vehicles can reduce that exposure." (http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2013/12_0218.htm)

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine looked at a recent Indian study which found that a smoke-free corporate environment led to more smoke-free homes, compared to workplaces where smoking is permitted. According to Yourwellness Magazine, “This study is important because although other research from the USA, Ireland and Scotland has found that implementation of comprehensive smoke-free laws has led to reduced second-hand smoke in homes, until now little has been known about whether these benefits exist in low- and middle-income countries.” (http://www.who.int/tobacco/surveillance/en_tfi_india_gats_fact_sheet.pdf)

Yourwellness Magazine reported that the data from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey India, published on October 19th 2010, showed that the wellbeing of 64% of adults benefited from not being allowed to smoke at work, as this meant that they did not then smoke at home. Of the adults who work where smoking is permitted, only 42% did not smoke at home. According to the survey, which was published in Tobacco Control, there are 110 million smokers in India. (http://www.who.int/tobacco/surveillance/en_tfi_india_gats_fact_sheet.pdf)

To find out more, visit the gateway to living well at http://www.yourwellness.com, or read the latest issue at http://latestissue.yourwellness.com.

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