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Source: The Guide to Community Preventive Services

Last Reviewed: November 2012

Workgroups: Tobacco Use Workgroup

The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends smoke-free policies to reduce secondhand smoke exposure and tobacco use. Evidence shows effectiveness of smoke‑free policies in: reducing exposure to secondhand smoke; reducing the prevalence of tobacco use; increasing the number of tobacco users who quit; reducing the initiation of tobacco use among young people; and reducing tobacco-related morbidity and mortality, including acute cardiovascular events. Economic evidence indicates that smoke-free policies can reduce healthcare costs substantially, and smoke-free policies do not have an adverse economic impact on businesses, including bars and restaurants.

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Guide to Community Preventive Services. (2012). Tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure: smoke-free policies. Retrieved from https://www.thecommunityguide.org/content/tobacco-use-and-secondhand-smoke-exposure-smoke-free-policies