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March 15, 2016

The Proposal for Smoke-Free Public Housing: Benefits, Challenges, and Opportunities for 2 Million Residents

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Global Tobacco Control, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2016;315(11):1105-1106. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.1380

Tobacco use causes an estimated 480 000 deaths per year in the United States; of these, 41 000 are attributable to secondhand smoke exposure among nonsmokers.1 Secondhand smoke exposure is associated with serious health problems in infants and children, including respiratory tract infections, ear infections, more frequent and severe asthma attacks, and sudden infant death syndrome.1,2 The US Surgeon General has concluded that there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure and that elimination of smoking indoors is critical to protect nonsmokers.2