Secondhand Smoke Can Easily Transfer

Ventilation Cannot Control Secondhand Smoke

Eliminating Secondhand Smoke is the Only Protection



Secondhand Smoke Can Easily Transfer from Room to Room

  • Cigarette smoke contains gases that expand through small cracks and crevices between walls, floors, and ceilings as well as around pipes, electrical conduits, and other structural devices. Secondhand smoke travels easily into nonsmoking rooms through these openings.1
  • Non-smoking hotel rooms often share ventilation systems with smoking-permitted rooms—increasing the transfer of smoke from room to room.
  • Linens can carry secondhand smoke particles and smell from a smoking room to a non-smoking room. Secondhand smoke residue can stay in fabrics for months, even after they have been washed.2
  • A smoke-free room in a hotel that allows smoking in some rooms may not be truly free of secondhand smoke and customers who are expecting a smoke-free room may be dissatisfied with their stay.

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Secondhand Smoke Cannot be Controlled by Ventilation and Air Purifiers3

“At present, the only means of effectively eliminating health risks associated with indoor exposure is to ban smoking activity,” according to a 2005 position document from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Engineering approaches such as air fresheners, cleaners, and purifiers are not effective, and ASHRAE cautions that such devices should not be relied upon to control health risks from secondhand smoke. ASHRAE “encourages elimination of smoking in indoor environments as the optimal way to minimize [secondhand smoke] exposure.”

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Eliminating Smoking is the Only Way to Protect People from the Dangers of Secondhand Smoke

Eliminating smoking indoors is the only way to fully protect people from secondhand smoke according to The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke report by the U.S. Surgeon General. The report further states that ventilation systems can actually distribute secondhand smoke throughout a building.

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  1. Kids Involuntarily Inhaling Secondhand Smoke, 2010.
  2. Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, 2009.
  3. American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, & Air-Conditioning Engineers. “Environmental Tobacco Smoke: Position Document.” 2005

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