Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Air Act

Clean Indoor Air

“Clean indoor air” refers to the type of air that we all want and deserve to breathe: Air that is free of secondhand smoke.

“Scientific evidence indicates that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke,” said the U.S. Surgeon General in his 2006 report, The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke.

The facts about secondhand smoke

– In 1993, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified secondhand smoke as a Group A carcinogen meaning it definitely causes cancer in humans.

– Secondhand smoke contains several thousand chemicals, including 200 poisons and more than 50 chemicals that cause cancer.

– Secondhand smoke is a leading cause of preventable death killing more than 53,000 nonsmokers nationwide each year, including more than 3,000 Pennsylvanians.

– Health effects of secondhand smoke exposure include: Cancer, heart disease, lung disease, and other respiratory ailments, including more frequent and severe asthma attacks.

– Secondhand smoke increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and low birth weight, as well as, ear infections and asthma.

Implementation of the Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act 

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Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act

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