How dangerous is secondhand smoke?

Published 01/03/2008 12:22 PM   |    Updated 05/14/2009 10:16 AM

How dangerous is secondhand smoke?

Secondhand smoke is a cancer-causing agent according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  It contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 250 toxins and 50 components that cause cancer.  In the U.S.over 50,000 people die from exposure to secondhand smoke.  In Indianaeach year 1,020 to 1,820 Hoosiers die from others’ smoking, such as exposure to secondhand smoke or smoking during pregnancy.  See related fact sheets on the ITPC website at http://www.in.gov/itpc/2341.htm.  Also, the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (www.no-smoke.org) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) www.cdc.gov/tobacco, the U.S. Surgeon General’s (http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/secondhandsmoke/) websites have great information about harmful effects of secondhand smoke.

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