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Study: 74% of Missourians Ban Smoking in Their Homes

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Do you allow people to smoke in your home? What about in your vehicle?

A new national study finds nearly 82 percent of us ban smoking in our own homes, while 74 percent say no in our cars.

Both Missouri and Illinois have rates below the national average — 74 percent of Missourians ban smoking in the home while 77 percent do it Illinois.

67 percent of Missourians don’t allow smoking in their vehicles while 71 percent ban it in Illinois.

The CDC’s Dr. Brian King says, “an increase portion of people have made their vehicles and homes smoke free but we still have some work to do.”

Kings says 11-million people are exposed to second hand smoke in homes each year, 17-million in cars.

The study appears in the May issue of the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

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