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CDC MMWR: State Smoke-Free Laws for Worksites, Restaurants, and Bars—United States, 2000–2010

Thursday, April 21, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

At the link please find an embargoed copy of the April 22 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report containing the following article (see page 474):

State Smoke-Free Laws for Worksites, Restaurants, and Bars—United States, 2000–2010
The entire nation can have comprehensive smoke-free state laws in place by 2020 if smoke-free activity is sustained nationally and intensified in certain regions, particularly the South. Secondhand smoke exposure causes lung cancer and cardiovascular and respiratory diseases in nonsmoking adults and children, resulting in an estimated 46,000 heart disease deaths and 3,400 lung cancer deaths among U.S. nonsmoking adults each year. Smoke-free laws that prohibit smoking in all indoor spaces fully protect nonsmokers from involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke indoors. This report summarizes the changes in state smoking restrictions for private-sector worksites, restaurants, and bars that occurred from December 31, 2000, to December 31, 2010. The number of states (including D.C.) with laws that prohibit smoking in indoor areas of worksites, restaurants, and bars increased from 0 in 2000 to 26 in 2010. However, regional disparities remain in policy adoption; no southern state has adopted a smoke-free law that prohibits smoking in all three venues.

OSH has also developed Web-based and social media materials to get the word out about this MMWR. Following are suggestions on how you can further support this communication effort.

· Twitter

Follow CDC Tobacco Free on Twitter and retweet key messages related to the MMWR (log in and go to

· Facebook

 Become fans of OSH’s Facebook page at  and share posts related to the MMWR in your own social media activities. Check out the videos, in particular "Victim Wife,” and other materials on the Facebook page related to secondhand smoke.


Visit the Web site on Monday to access a feature article that discusses key points from the MMWR article, and share the link with your partners and constituents. (NOTE: the following link will not be active until Monday, April 25—

Copy of the April 21 MMWR (see page 472)
CDC Press Release
MMWR Highlights

The online version of the journal will be available after noon (EST) on the CDC Web site at .

Source: CDC/Office on Smoking and Health

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