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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure: Smoke-Free Policies

Description of Resource: 
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends smoke-free policies to reduce secondhand smoke exposure and tobacco use. Evidence shows effectiveness of smoke‑free policies in: reducing exposure to secondhand smoke; reducing the prevalence of tobacco use; increasing the number of tobacco users who quit; reducing the initiation of tobacco use among young people; and reducing tobacco-related morbidity and mortality, including acute cardiovascular events. Economic evidence indicates that smoke-free policies can reduce healthcare costs substantially, and smoke-free policies do not have an adverse economic impact on businesses, including bars and restaurants.

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Developed By: 
Community Preventive Services Task Force
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Tobacco Use
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
The Community Guide [Internet]. Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure: Smoke-Free Policies. c2012– [cited 2017 Feb 16]. Available from: