Secondhand Smoke Infographics

The U.S. Surgeon General Concluded that Aerosol from E-Cigarettes Can Contain Harmful Substances

The U.S. Surgeon General concluded that aerosol from e-cigarettes can contain harmful substances.

  • More than 4 in 5 U.S. adults oppose e-cigarette use in indoor public places.

E-cigarette use in public places can:

  • Expose bystanders to secondhand aerosol
  • Make enforcement of smokefree policies challenging
  • Influence the acceptability of tobacco use

Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure is High in Multiunit Housing



Secondhand Smoke Can Infiltrate Into Other Units Through Hallways and Stairwells

Secondhand smoke can infiltrate into other units through hallways and stairwells. Don’t be shy when it comes to your health. Talk to your building manager about making your apartment smokefree.

The Harmful Chemicals in Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke and the harmful chemicals in it are known causes of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS, ear infections, and asthma attacks in infants and children. They are also known causes of HEART DISEASE, stroke, and lung cancer in adult nonsmokers.

Some Groups Have Higher Exposure to Secondhand Smoke and Its Harmful Effects

Chart detailing the higher exposure rates to second hand smoke of certain groups of nonsmoking Americans.

Nonsmoking Americans

Higher Exposure Rate By Age

  • 3-11 years: 41%
  • 12-19 years: 34%
  • 20 years and older: 21%

Higher Exposure Rate By Race

  • White Americans: 22%
  • Black: 47%
  • Mexican American: 24%

Higher Exposure Rate By Poverty Level

  • Below the poverty level: 43%
  • At the poverty level: 21%

Higher Exposure Rate By Home Ownership

  • Own their home: 19%
  • Renters: 37%

Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Differs Among Children Ages 3-11 By Race and Ethnicity

Graph detailing how exposure to secondhand smoke differs among children ages 3-11 by race and ethnicity.

This graph shows that non-Hispanic black children have the highest exposure compared to non-Hispanic white children and Mexican-American children.

Statewide Smokefree Laws

Map of the United states with those states who support smoke free laws colored either blue, brown or yellow depending on how comprehensive their laws are.

Statewide smokefree indoor air laws for restaurants, bars, and private worksites vary from state to state.

100% smokefree in restaurants, bars, and private worksites

100% smokefree in one or two of these types of venues

No venues or less restrictive laws

SOURCE: STATE System, Tobacco Control Interactive Maps, Legislation – Smokefree Indoor Air.

Prohibiting Smoking in U.S. Government Subsidized Housing Would Save Lives and $153 Million Annually

Prohibiting smoking in public housing nationally would save lives AND $153 million annually.

  • 94 million in secondhand smoke-related health care
  • 43 million in renovation expenses
  • 16 million in smoking-related fire losses