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MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2004 Dec 24;53(50):1175-8.

Survey of airport smoking policies--United States, 2002.


Exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) causes approximately 38,000 deaths among nonsmokers each year in the United States. The Task Force on Community Preventive Services has documented strong scientific evidence that smoking bans and restrictions are effective in reducing exposure to SHS. In 2002, an estimated 1.9 million workers had jobs at U.S. airports, and more than 1.9 million passengers per day passed through these airports. During the fall of 2002, the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Henry Ford Health System (Detroit, Michigan) conducted the Airport Smoking Policy Survey. This report summarizes the key findings from that survey, which indicated that 61.9% of airports reported being smoke-free in 2002 and that larger airports, which account for the majority of passenger boardings, were less likely than smaller airports to have a smoke-free policy. Increased adoption and enforcement of smoke-free policies are needed to protect the health of workers and travelers at U.S. airports.

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