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Latest ANR News Releases:

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) Applauds HUD’s Landmark Rule to Ensure All Public Housing Residents Can Breathe Smokefree Air; Rule Falls Short by Ignoring E-Cigarettes
November 30, 2016

Secondhand Smoke and Casino HVAC Systems: Don’t Buy the Ventilation Lie
September 29, 2016

Smokefree Air and the Future of the Gaming Industry
September 27, 2016

Responsible Gaming: A Safer Place to Play and Work
September 26, 2016

Global Gaming and Smokefree Air: Good for Business
September 26, 2016

Historic RICO Case Against Tobacco Companies Hits Milestone: Ten Years Later, Little Has Changed for the Industry
Statement by Cynthia Hallett, MPH, President and CEO
August 17, 2016

Protecting our Nation's Health: Progress and Missed Opportunities for Smokefree Environments
June 23, 2016

ANR Celebrates Strengthening of California’s Smokefree Workplace Law
May 4, 2016

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) Applauds Implementation of DOT Rule Prohibiting Use of Electronic Smoking Devices Onboard Aircraft
April 4, 2016

Celebrating 40 Years of Smokefree Advocacy
March 1, 2016

More News Releases

SHS and Heart Disease

Secondhand Smoke Increases Heart Risks
A May 2005 study by Barnoya and Glantz, published in the journal Circulation, found that even small amounts of secondhand smoke can cause life-threatening changes to a nonsmokers' circulatory system.

See a full list of Heart Disease/Secondhand Smoke Studies

Overview of ANR and Smokefree Air

Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights is the leading national organization working in support of smokefree indoor workplaces and public places. We maintain a variety of lists and maps on smokefree activity around the country. The lists above, in the Related Topics box, are some that are often used by media. Please call us if you have questions.

Across the United States, 22,590 municipalities, representing 82.1% of the US population, are covered by a 100% smokefree provision in non-hospitality workplaces, and/or restaurants, and/or bars, by either a state, commonwealth, territorial, or local law. However, only 58.8% of Americans are fully protected by a local or state law requiring workplaces, AND restaurants, AND bars to be smokefree.

Hospitality industry and casino workers still have the lowest level of smokefree protections and have the highest cancer rate of any occupational sector in America. This is largely due to the continued efforts of the tobacco companies to enable product consumption in these social venues and to maintain the social acceptability of smoking.

Smokefree is a mainstream trend that has succeeded in improving the health and quality of life for millions. Research demonstrates that smokefree laws results in lower cancer, heart attack, and asthma rates. These laws also make it easier for those smokers who want to quit to do so because they are not constantly surrounded by smoke from others. These studies lend further evidence that strong 100% smokefree ordinances that cover ALL workplaces reduce exposure to a known carcinogen and immediately improve short term health outcomes.

As the public has learned more about the health dangers associated with secondhand smoke, people have supported smokefree polices as a way to address this easily preventable cause of premature death and chronic disease in all workplaces. Cities and states without a smokefree law or a weak law that is not 100% smokefree in all workplaces should take heed and pursue a smokefree law before more workers and residents are unnecessarily placed at risk for disease and possibly death as a result. It’s no longer a question of who will be next to go smokefree, but who will be last.

2005 marked the 15th anniversary of smokefree flights in the United States. Just as airlines became smokefree because flight attendants were getting sick and dying from smoke exposure in their occupational setting, ANR members and its partners in the public health community have been working to extend the same smokefree workplace protection to all Americans, no matter where they work.

2006 marked ANR’s 30th Anniversary advocating for nonsmokers’ rights and smokefree air. We’re proud to have been part of many significant successes in the nonsmokers' rights movement.

Other Media Resources

The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation created two broadcast quality productions that are available for airing on your local station. Created with funding from the California Department of Health Services, Tobacco Control Section, both productions deal with tobacco industry interference with smokefree campaigns, yet have a slightly different message. "Fighting Back" is a short, 12 minute show that exposes the tobacco industry's hidden war at the local level. The communities showcased in "Fighting Back" remind viewers that the tobacco industry's superior resources falter in the face of determined smokefree coalition at the local level; communities can and do fight back, and win. "The Hidden War," a 28 minute production, pulls back the veil to reveal the truth behind the industry's claims. Former industry insiders and local advocates disclose how the tobacco industry harasses health departments, forms front groups to cover its tracks, interferes with public policy, and tries to create the semblance of "controversy" over the science of tobacco smoke.

Both videos are available for viewing on YouTube:

Hidden War, Part 1
Hidden War, Part 2
Hidden War, Part 3

Fighting Back Part 1
Fighting Back Part 2

To obtain a VHS or DVD copy of either production, please contact the Tobacco Education Clearinghouse of California (TECC) at 1-800-258-9090 ext. 103.