This publication co-authored by USC Institute for Global Health Director Jonathan Samet and Heather Wipfli review scientific evidence that secondhand smoke causes both chronic and acute diseases among non smokers, children and adults. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, so the only effective intervention to protect Mexican people from such harmful exposure is by promoting 100% smoke free indoor air, as the two new laws do. Total banning of smoking is associated with reduction in smoking prevalence, amount of cigarette smoked per day, and an increase in cessation rates.
Authors: Brownson RC, Samet JM, Chavez GF, Davies MM, Galea S, Hiatt RA, Hornung CA, Khoury MJ, Koo D, Mays VM, Remington P, Yarber L.
Published By: SciElo Public Health
Date: January 1, 2008
Publication Link: http://www.scielosp.org/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0036-36342008000900010&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en