Facts about this Serious Public Health Concern

This is the new entertainment revolution.

Entertainers, DJs, bartenders and wait staff who earn their living in smoke-filled establishments need to demand smoke-free work environments. Most nightclubs, bars, and entertainment venues are not smoke-free and the results can be deadly. Well, Take Note is dedicated to fighting for smoke-free workplaces for everyone.

Take Note is a grassroots movement of volunteers supporting the right for all workers to be protected from secondhand smoke exposure. Secondhand smoke poses a very serious and scientifically proven health risk to everyone. Smoke-free policies are desperately needed to protect the all workers. Make no mistake; secondhand smoke is not a joke.

There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke. Any exposure, even an occasional cigarette or exposure to secondhand smoke
is harmful.

The U.S. Surgeon General released a landmark report on the danger of secondhand smoke in 2006 and expanded its warning with the latest release of the 30th tobacco-related Surgeon General’s report in 2010. There is one inescapable conclusion: secondhand smoke poses a very serious and scientifically proven health risk to everyone.

Some of the major findings:

• There is massive and conclusive scientific evidence that secondhand smoke causes serious diseases, including lung cancer, heart disease, bronchitis, and asthma.

• Exposure to secondhand smoke has substantial and immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system.

• There is NO risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

• Establishing smoke-free environments is the ONLY effective way to guarantee protection from the health threats caused by secondhand smoke exposure.

National research and practical experience support the Surgeon General’s findings. Take note of these facts:

• Workers exposed to secondhand smoke are 34% more likely to get lung cancer, which represents 3,000 lung cancer deaths per year in non-smoking adults.

• Secondhand smoke is estimated to cause approximately 50,000 deaths per year in non-smokers.

• This is the 3rd leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., with an estimated 53,000 deaths annually.

• You don’t have to be a heavy smoker or a long-time smoker to get a smoking-related disease or have a heart attack or asthma attack that is triggered by tobacco smoke.

• Low levels of smoke exposure, including exposures to secondhand tobacco smoke, lead to a rapid and sharp increase in dysfunction and inflammation of the lining of the blood vessels, which are implicated in heart attacks and stroke.

• Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals and compounds. Hundreds are toxic and at least 69 cause cancer. Tobacco smoke itself is a known human carcinogen.

• Chemicals in tobacco smoke interfere with the functioning of fallopian tubes, increasing risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes such as ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, and low birth weight. They also damage the DNA in sperm which might reduce fertility and harm fetal development.

Smoke-free Entertainment Guide