This grade tells you how well your state protects you from toxic secondhand smoke in public places and workplaces. Strong smokefree laws that eliminate smoking in all public places and workplaces, including restaurants, bars and casinos, help protect the public from this deadly pollutant, which can cause lung cancer and heart disease.
Strong smokefree laws protect workers, who otherwise must breathe dangerous smoke or e-cigarette aerosol every day on their jobs. When the laws go into place, they also encourage smokers to consider quitting. If a state includes secondhand e-cigarette emissions in its law, that also factors into the grade.
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