Businesses and Municipalities are developing outdoor smoking policies because there is both scientific and legal justification to support implementing bans:
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has classified secondhand smoke as aClass A Carcinogen placing it in the same category as radon, benzene, and asbestos
- Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 substances, over 40 of which are knownto cause cancer in humans and many of which are strong irritants.
- The Surgeon General has declared that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke.
- United States Courts have declared that there is no legal “right to smoke” and smokingis not a protected activity under the U.S. Constitution.
People should not be forced to walk through a wall of smoke when entering public buildings. It can trigger allergies, asthma attacks and other breathing problems. Advancing Tobacco Free Communities are working with businesses and municipalities to create more entryway smoking policies.
Municipal Entryway + Grounds Policies
Contact your local ATFC Partners for more information or technical assistance in creating entryway smoking bans.
Learn more by clicking on the documents and links below:
2006 Surgeon General’s Report:
Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke