The information posted on this website is not intended to be legal advice. Please consult state statutes or contact an attorney for more information about the Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act (24-16-1 NMSA 1978).

Learning Center

The following links provide valuable information to help you understand secondhand smoke and learn what you can do to create a healthier community.*

Indoor Air Quality Study
News Release, November 14, 2007
Complete Study: New Mexico Air Monitoring Study, June-August, 2007

2006 Surgeon General Report on Secondhand Smoke
The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General

Secondhand Smoke: What It Means to You
This booklet explains the Surgeon General’s Report and explains how individuals can take action to improve their health.
Secondhand Smoke: What It Means To You (PDF) | (En Español)

Secondhand Smoke Fact Sheets:
What Is Secondhand Smoke?
6 Major Conclusions of the Surgeon General Report
Secondhand Smoke Is Toxic and Poisonous
There is No Risk-Free Level of Exposure
Children are Hurt by Secondhand Smoke
How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from Secondhand Smoke
Secondhand Smoke Exposure in the Home
Secondhand Smoke Exposure in the Workplace
29 Surgeon General's Reports on Smoking and Health, 1964-2006

Taking Action Against Secondhand Smoke: An Online Toolkit (CDC)
This toolkit provides the tools needed for people with various levels of advocacy experience to take action to reduce secondhand smoke in his/her community. Action steps serve as a guide for an individual or a coalition to successfully work for a clean air policy for enclosed public facilities. An extensive list links to specific tools (from community assessment checklist to sample writing and speaking points to meeting with local officials). The Best Practices for clean indoor air policy is based on the experiences of tobacco control advocates throughout the country. Very detailed fact sheets are provided.

Secondhand Smoke Information

Additional Resources
• American Cancer Society (
• American Heart Association (
• American Legacy Foundation (
• American Lung Association (
• Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (
• Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (
• Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (
• Tobacco Scam (
• Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium (
• World Health Organization (

* Please note that links to external Web sites are provided because they may contain relevant information and resources. These external Web sites are not maintained by New Mexicans Concerned About Tobacco (NMCAT) and NMCAT takes no responsibility for the views that may be represented, or the accuracy, propriety, or legality of any material contained on the sites.