Great American Smokeout Takes Aim To Second-Hand Smoke

Great American Smokeout, Thusday, November 17th is the “American Smokeout.” Health experts want smokers to consider others they may be affecting and the great help benefits that come when one quits tobacco.

Los Angeles County officials warned residents living in apartments or condos that even if they’re non-smokers, their families may still be at risk of second-hand smoke while at home.

Researchers held a news conference Wednesday meant to show how tobacco smoke can travel through walls, lighting and plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets, shared ventilation systems and doorway cracks in multi-unit housing complexes. The drifting secondhand smoke exposes apartment residents, including non-smokers and those who don’t live with smokers, to many cancer-causing chemicals.

More than 41 percent of housing units in Los Angeles are parts of multi-unit complexes. As smoke drifts between apartments, it leaves residues that cling to furniture, clothing, rugs, walls and floors. It can linger for months, experts say.At the news conference Wednesday, public health officials praised city leaders who enacted non-smoking policies in multi-unit housing and urged other city leaders to follow suit.

The American Cancer Society say that about 24 percent of men and 18 percent of women nationwide smoked cigarettes in 2009. Almost 80 percent of them smoked daily, that’s an estimated 37 million people.

The American Cancer Society held its first Smokeout in San Francisco’s Union Square Nov.16th 1977. It was deemed “fantastically Successful” and merited national press coverage by all three networks and the Todauy Show. The Great American Smokeout challenges people to stop smoking cigarettes for 24 hours, hoping their decision not to smoke will last forever.

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