Every year 30-40% of adults and children are exposed to secondhand smoke inhalation. Many of the same diseases seen in active smokers are seen in non-smokers living with an active smoker. Thousands of people who don’t smoke lose their lives each year from smoking related diseases.
Armenia has the highest rate of smoking amongst males in the entire Caucasus region. This tobacco consumption results in over half the population being exposed to secondhand smoke, mostly young children and women. It is time to advocate for a reduction in secondhand smoke exposure; this country simply cannot wait.
Our project will target and engage both the general public and government officials to greatly reduce secondhand smoke exposure in homes, cars, establishments, and public spaces.