Asthma Capitals 2018: Smoking Laws

In the AAFA's Asthma Capitals 2018 ReportDownload PDF, AAFA looked at eight risk factors that can affect asthma rates: povertylack of health insurancepoor air qualitypollen countslong-term control medicine usequick-relief medicine use, smoking laws and access to specialists.

Some believe that smoking is probably the single largest cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. Smoking is not just harmful to the person doing the smoking. It is also harmful to those nearby who inhale secondhand smoke. Thirdhand smoke can also hurt those who come in contact with it. Many of the chemicals and substances in secondhand and thirdhand smoke can irritate the lungs and airways.

Secondhand smoke refers to the smoke that is released in the air when a smoker exhales.

Thirdhand smoke is residue from tobacco smoke. When a cigarette is smoked, chemicals in the smoke stick to surfaces and dust for months after the smoke is gone. The chemicals in the residue react to other pollutants in the air, like ozone, to create harmful particles you can easily inhale.1

Many state and local lawmakers have passed laws that ban smoking in some places. These places may include workplaces, restaurants, hotels, parks and transit systems. You can research your state or county laws.

Smoke free laws by City



1. Emerging Evidence and Arguments for a Multidisciplinary Research Agenda. Environmental Health Perspectives, 119(9), 1218–1226.