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Apr222011

CDC Finds Smoke-Free Laws on the Rise in the US

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Smoke-free laws have spread across the U.S. over the past decade and could be adopted throughout the entire country in less than 10 years, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report found that 25 states and the District of Columbia have enacted the smoke-free laws -- which apply to all workplaces, bars and restaurants -- within the last 10 years.  Based on the progression, the CDC predicts that by 2020 or sooner, the entire U.S. could be protected by such laws.

Despite the progress, the CDC notes that about 88 million non-smoking Americans are still exposed to secondhand smoke annually.

According to the report, seven states -- Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming -- have not adopted any statewide smoking restrictions of any kind.

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