When it comes to secondhand smoke, there is no risk-free level of exposure. Even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can be dangerous to nonsmoking adults, children, and unborn babies. Residents and visitors benefit from Maine’s statewide laws that prohibit smoking in workplaces and indoor public places. These laws, part of a comprehensive approach to tobacco prevention and control, have made a significant difference in reducing dangerous secondhand smoke exposure rates.
All indoor public places in Maine are free from secondhand smoke. Residents and visitors enjoy clean, healthy air in train stations, airports, information and visitor centers, restaurants, malls, and movie theaters. Our children are protected against secondhand smoke in cars, in indoor spaces, and in undesignated outdoor areas. Signs around Maine and in high-traffic tourist areas proudly promote the state’s smoke-free status and support our goal of making Maine the healthiest state in the nation.
Maine is a model to the rest of the nation in providing healthy air. Our success is in large part due to the coordinated efforts of many private and public sector groups working together to protect the health of Maine people and promote public health in the State of Maine.
In Maine, exposure to secondhand smoke has declined significantly, but it remains a serious public health problem across the nation and in the state.
Maine must remain vigilant and promote awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke to protect all Maine residents, especially those segments of the population who are most vulnerable.