Below are several statistics on secondhand smoke as reported by the American Cancer Society. Every year:

  • An estimated 46,000 deaths from heart disease in people who are current non-smokers
  • About 3,400 nonsmoking adults die of lung cancer as a result of breathing SHS
  • SHS kills children and adults who don’t smoke.
  • SHS causes disease in children and in adults who don’t smoke.
  • SHS immediately affects the heart, blood vessels, and blood circulation in a harmful way. Over time it can cause heart disease, strokes, and heart attacks.
  • SHS causes lung cancer in people who have never smoked. Even brief exposure can damage cells in ways that set the cancer process in motion.
  • There is no safe level of exposure to SHS. Any exposure is harmful.
  • Many millions of Americans, both children and adults, are still exposed to SHS in their homes and workplaces despite a great deal of progress in tobacco control.

Given these statistics, it is easy to see why so many states have managed to pass such strict legislation regarding smoking in public places and workplaces. Cigarette smoke can have dramatic effects on even the non-smokers exposed to the smoke.

For these reasons, it would be beneficial to install a smoking shelter in order to establish a designated smoking area for your smoking employees safely away from your non-smoking employees. Smokers are protected by law to continue their habits, and if you have smoker employees, they’re going to have to smoke somewhere. It is better for them to smoke in a designated area a safe distance from your building.

Smoking shelters act as a designated space that smokers can gather in and have their smoke breaks. Cigarette smoke is contained a safe distance from your non-smokers and cigarette butts can be disposed of in ashtrays and trashcans. Smoking shelters also provide shelter against extreme weather conditions and allow a place for smokers to gather and talk a bit, contributing to camaraderie among employees.

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