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World No Tobacco Day --- May 31, 2007

World No Tobacco Day is sponsored annually by the World Health Organization to call attention to the global health burden resulting from tobacco use. This year's observance focuses on secondhand smoke and highlights the progress that has been achieved around the world in protecting nonsmokers by making workplaces and public spaces smoke-free.

In June 2006, the Surgeon General's report on The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke was released. This report concluded that secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease in children and nonsmoking adults. In addition, the report determined that no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke exists and that only eliminating smoking in indoor spaces fully protects nonsmokers. The report determined that other approaches, including separating smokers from nonsmokers and ventilating buildings, are not effective.

The 2006 report has been followed by the enactment of smoke-free laws in multiple states and local jurisdictions. The report also has contributed to adoption of voluntary smoke-free policies by employers and businesses, including major hotel chains (1). Additional information regarding the 2006 Surgeon General's report, including a consumer summary and a video, is available at http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/sgr_2006/index.htm.

Reference

  1. Marriott International, Inc. A breath of fresh air---Marriott goes 100% smoke-free in North America. Washington, DC: Marriott International, Inc.; 2006. Available at http://marriott.com/marriott.mi?page=smokefree.



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