Prevention Chronic Disease – majority of students support the smoke-free policy

Smoke-free Policies amongst  students

According to the Support Among Middle School and High School Students for Smoke-free Policies, North Carolina article, the majority of to eliminate secondhand smoking from public places as well as to help prevent tobacco use in children.
The prevention of the secondhand smoking (SHS) is the outcome health focus on this article; any form of SHS is unhealthy especially in the long-term exposure. The method of study design used was the North Carolina Youth Tobacco Survey, which yielded 80 questions from the sampling of middle school children in grades sixth to twelve.
The children that supported the smoke-free policy was non-smokers as well as smokers that wanted to quit their tobacco habit. The number one area for the smoke-free support was indoor places. The research suggested that the policy would have a great impact in the reduction of 20% to 50% of exposure to secondhand smoking by the students (Kandra, McCullough, Ranney & Goldstein, 2009).
Pursuing this further, with this promising research survey most smoke-free policies that are currently in effect only covers the indoor venues from SHS. Some states such as Washington State prohibit smoking outside dining areas and bars. As testing on SHS progresses, I believe that stricter smoking laws will eventually be put in effect. On a personal note, my local hospital will not hire “new hires” that smoke. All applicants have to take a nicotine test to prove they are non-smokers to work at that particular facility.
The leading cause of death by smoking is the cardiovascular disease (Uren, 2008), which can lead to Coronary and Cerebral thrombosis that can cause blood clots, heart attack, and even dementia. In addition to, smoking can cause Mouth and Lung cancer, which can cause high blood pressure and asthma and death. The most effective method of prevention of tobacco use and secondhand smoking is to quit tobacco use and limit one’s exposure to SHS. And eat a healthy diet and exercise to promote a healthy heart and lifestyle.


            Kandra KL, McCullough A, Ranney L, Goldstein AO. Support Among Middle School and High School Students for Smoke-free Policies, North Carolina, 2009. Prev Chronic Dis 2013;10:120135. DOI:

Uren, N. (2008, January 01). Coronary thombosis (heart attack). Retrieved from

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