The phrase smoke ‘em if you got ‘em will get you a lot of puzzled expressions according to a new federal study. Compared to data 20 years ago, there are twice as many smoke-free households today.

In the early 1990s, data put the number of households without smokers at 43 percent. The public relations campaign was just getting started against the tobacco, and data for 2010-2011 puts the household figure at 83 percent. Smokers are essentially on the endangered species list.

Pretty sure no one is going to complain when and if smoking is completely eradicated.

Even those houses with a smoker had smoke-free rules. Nearly half according to federal data and surveys, and 90 percent of non-smoking homes had smoke-free rules. It’s hard to imagine being a non-smoker and letting a buddy light up in your house.

Brian King, lead author of the CDC study says it represents a societal shift in norms in regards to smoking. It isn’t ok for most non-smokers to have a smoker light up near them. Of course more progress is needed. Second-hand smoke kills an estimated 41,000 people annually.

CDC numbers on smokers has shown a sharp decline. In 1965, 42 percent of adults smoked. Today? That number is down to 18 percent and falling. Excise taxes and health PSAs are being credited with the dramatic decline in smoking.

Wondering which state is the most smoke-free? That honor goes to Utah. An entertaining factoid from the study. Survey respondents were not asked to differentiate between tobacco and marijuana smoke.

The CDC is stressing in the study the need for more education on second-hand smoke. While half of smoking households have smoke-free rules, it isn’t enough to prevent health risks among children and adults alike.


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