Michigan Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Indicators:
Exposure to Secondhand Smoke

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Indicator:  Adults who reported that they are exposed to secondhand smoke

What it measures:  Percent of adults who reported that they have been exposed to smoke from other people's cigarettes, cigars or pipes anywhere inside their home or in a car within the past seven days

Why it is important:  Secondhand smoke is the mixture of gases and fine particles that comes from a burning cigarette, cigar, pipe, or other tobacco product, or from smoke that has been exhaled by someone who is smoking.

Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, hundreds of which are toxic and 70 of which cause cancer. Most secondhand smoke exposure happens in homes and workplaces, but it also can happen in other locations, such as vehicles.

Every year, roughly 41,300 U.S. residents who do not smoke die from secondhand smoke exposure, 34,000 from heart disease and 7,300 from lung cancer.

(Sources:  The Health Consequences of Smoking;  Secondhand Smoke Facts)

Related Michigan legislation:  Public Act 188 of 2009, Michigan's Smoke-Free Air Law

MDHHS programs that address this indicator:  Tobacco, Asthma

MDHHS data for this indicator:  Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

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