Secondhand smoke (SHS) is deadly. The California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) considers it a toxic substance.
Cal/EPA found several health problems linked to SHS exposure:
- low birth weight;
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome;
- cancer (lung, breast, cervical);
- heart disease.
SHS has two main sources:
- smoke from the end of a lit cigarette (aka sidestream smoke);
- smoke exhaled by the person smoking.
It is known by two other names:
- passive smoking (used more often in Europe);
- environmental tobacco smoke (used more frequently by researchers and the only term used by the tobacco industry).
Several factsheets about the consequences of secondhand smoke were developed for National Non-smoking Week in 2006.
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last modified Aug 26, 2010 07:44 AM