Today four out of five US homes ban smoking, something which will endear immensely to Anti Smoking activists. The past decade has seen No Smoking US homes jump from 43 % in 1992-93 to 83% in 2010-11 as per figures released by US CDC.
Homes of Non Smokers have become strictly intolerant to cigarettes with 91.4% strictly banning the use of tobacco indoors as compared to 58% about 20 years ago. 50% homes of smokers prohibit smoking, a fivefold increase in 20 years.
“Considerable progress has been made in the percentage of households that have smoke-free rules,” said lead author Brian King, a senior scientist in CDC’s Office of Smoking and Health.
The increase in No Smoking homes is good news for children and women. Cigarette smoke is harmful for both the smokers and also passive smokers who have to endure the risk of second hand smoke. Cigarette smoke contains over 750 chemicals, 250 of which is toxic and 70 are potent carcinogenic agents which cause cancer.
The findings, published Sept. 5 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, are based on nationwide tobacco-use surveys.
Researchers have informed that smoke free homes are rising in almost every state in US. Kentucky has the lowest smoke free homes – 69.4% which is still a threefold increase as compared to figures in 92-93.Utah has the heist percentage of smoke free homes- 94 % as compared to 69.4 % in 92-93.
There has been a marked change in the way society reacts to smoking with better awareness spreading among the population. People also feel that it is not good to expose non smokers to second hand smoke.
Skeptics of anti smoking laws have argued that such laws will increase the number of smokers especially among the teens. However the study has revealed the opposite with more homes now smoke free driving home the fact that the new anti smoking laws have worked.