ROOM TO BREATHE
The science is clear: There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure.1 Nine in 10 Oregon adults agree it’s harmful to health, and nine in 10 say people should be protected from it.2 Oregon has strong laws that protect people from secondhand smoke at work and in public places. Yet many people in Oregon — including children — are still exposed to secondhand smoke and aerosols, leading to illnesses and death.1
A POISON THAT KILLS
Secondhand smoke comes from the burning end of a cigarette, cigar or pipe, or is exhaled by someone who is smoking. Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemical compounds, including nearly 100 known to be harmful or potentially harmful, and almost 90 that are known to cause cancer.3
Secondhand smoke poisons the air we breathe. It causes or worsens disease in kids and adults who don’t even smoke — asthma, lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, bronchitis and pneumonia, to name a few.1 And it kills them, too: An estimated 750 Oregonians die from breathing secondhand smoke each year.4
Secondhand smoke is especially dangerous for pregnant women, the elderly and people with chronic illnesses.1
IN HOMES AND WORKPLACES
The Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act protects people in most workplaces in Oregon, as well as in many college campuses and restaurants. Yet kids and adults continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke in apartment complexes, where a neighbor’s smoke can seep through doors, windows and vents. Secondhand smoke also lingers in unprotected public spaces, including parks and fairgrounds, and in outdoor dining areas.
At work, nearly 450,000 Oregon adults are still exposed to secondhand smoke5 — in outdoor dining areas, hotels, casinos, home care settings, construction sites and smoke shops, which are not covered under the law.