Businesses and Municipalities are developing outdoor smoking policies because there is both scientific and legal justification to support implementing bans:
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has classified secondhand smoke as a Class A carcinogen placing it in the same category as radon, benzene, and asbestos
- Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 substances, over 40 of which are known to cause cancer in humans and many of which are strong irritants.
- The Surgeon General has declared that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke.
- United States Courts have declared that there is no legal “right to smoke” and smoking is not a protected activity under the U.S. Constitution.
Public building entryways should be protected from smoke so people aren’t forced to walk through a wall of smoke upon their entrance. Smoke can exacerbate or trigger allergies, asthma attacks, and other serious breathing problems. Advancing Tobacco Free Communities are working with businesses and municipalities to create more smoke-free entryway policies.
Contact your local ATFC Partners for more information or technical assistance in creating entryway smoking bans.