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What we should know about secondhand smoke:

What's in tobacco smoke?

  • 7,000 chemical compounds
  • At least 69 cancer causing poisons
  • 85% of lung cancers are caused by smoking in the U.S.

How harmful is it?

  • No safe level of exposure
  • Damage to the body is immediate
  • 7,500 tobacco related deaths in Alabama

What it costs...

  • $1.49 billion in direct annual health care costs in Alabama due to smoking
  • 850 adult nonsmokers die each year in Alabama from the exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke increases risks of heart disease by 25-30% and lung cancer by 20-30%

Economic Impact - Know the facts:


  • Property value
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Productivity
  • Profits


  • Health insurance costs
  • Productivity losses due to employee sickness
  • Property and liability insurance costs
  • Risks of accidents and fires
  • Cleaning and maintenance costs
  • Risks of legal liability and worker's compensation claims

A $1 increase in the excise tax:

  • Prevent 73,000 children from becoming addicted smokers
  • Save 30,500 lives from premature smoking-caused deaths
  • Generate annual revenue of $205 million for Alabama
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