CDC Foresees Smoking Bans in All States by 2020
U.S. health officials predict that by 2020, all states in the U.S. would have banned smoking in offices, bars and restaurants. In 2000, no state had banned public indoor smoking. By 2010, 25 states had public smoking bans in place. An additional 10 states ban smoking in restaurants, bars or offices, but not at all three places.
Health officials are heartened by the fast progress of the movement to ban public smoking. The CDC estimates that 50% of U.S. citizens benefit from comprehensive public smoking bans. Just seven states do not ban public indoor smoking. These are: Wyoming, West Virginia, Texas, South Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky and Indiana.
Health officials have been exerting great pressure on businesses and bars to ban smoking. But, some smokers’ rights advocates are complaining that “big government” is snatching away their liberty.
Research has proved that smoking tobacco is a leading cause of death in the U.S. There is some good news for smoking ban advocates. Studies reveal that smoking bans have led to declines in asthma attacks in children and heart attacks in adults.