Protection From Secondhand Smoke – 2009 Monitoring Update




September 2009

Type of Report

Monitoring Update


There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. In addition to causing heart disease, cancer and premature death in nonsmoking adults, secondhand premature death in nonsmoking adults, secondhand smoke also causes sudden infant death syndrome, asthma and ear infections in infants. Concentrations can be especially high in cars. This update reviews current bans under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and concludes that protection from secondhand smoke in Ontario is comparable to that of other Canadian jurisdictions, except for those with a complete ban on smoking on open patios. Protection from secondhand smoke in various international jurisdictions is also reviewed. The World Health Organization says only 5% of the world’s population is adequately protected.

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