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.