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UIC Researcher Finds Disparities in Smoke-Free Law Coverage

Communities with less education and lower per capita income are less likely to have laws that completely prohibit smoking in public places, according to a study published online in the American Journal of Public Health that examined community level disparities in smoke-free laws across 10 states. “There are socioeconomic disparities when it comes to protection from secondhand smoke at the local level,” said study co-author Dr. Jidong Huang, senior research scientist at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Health Research and Policy. “Understanding these disparities can help guide efforts to reduce these disparities and increase protection from secondhand smoke for non-smokers.”

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