Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to site content Skip directly to page options
CDC Home


The Surgeon General's December 9, 2010 report on tobacco smoke and health provides the latest findings about the adverse effects of even small amounts of tobacco smoke. NIOSH offers resources to help employers and workers prevent workplace exposures to tobacco smoke and to encourage workplace-based smoking cessation programs. Together with efforts to improve workplace health protection, these health promotion efforts are important parts of a comprehensive approach to improving workers’ health.

NIOSH Resources


Comments of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to Establishment of a Public Docket; Electronic Cigarettes and the Public Health Workshop, May 8, 2015 [PDF - 155 KB]

Health Hazard Evaluations

Total Worker Health

Current Intelligence Bulletin: Environmental Tobacco Smoke in the Workplace, June 1991

Proceedings: Work, Smoking, and Health: A NIOSH Scientific Workshop, 2002

Surgeon General's Reports

On December 9, the U.S. Surgeon General released a report that contains important new information on how tobacco smoke causes disease and why it is crucial to stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke. The report and supporting materials are described below.


How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease: A Report of the Surgeon General
Full report: A 700+ page scientific report that reviews the evidence on the mechanisms by which smoking causes diseases.

How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease: A Report of the Surgeon General—Executive Summary
Executive summary: A 20-page scientific document that summarizes the major conclusions in the full report.

A Report of the Surgeon General: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: What It Means to You
Consumer summary: An easy-to-read, 20-page booklet that summarizes the full report in plain language.

What to Tell Your Patients About Smoking
Clinician’s piece: A one-page fact sheet that provides simple talking points and key information to help medical providers talk to their patients about quitting tobacco use. This one-page fact sheet is packaged in lots of 25 sheets.

Contact Us:
  • Page last reviewed: December 13, 2010
  • Page last updated: June 23, 2015 The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - Contact CDC-INFO