HEALTH FEATURE ARCHIVE
The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke!
Secondhand smoke is a mixture of the smoke exhaled by smokers and the smoke that comes from the burning end of a cigarette, cigar, or pipe. You also may have heard it called environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), passive, or involuntary smoke. Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 substances. Many of them are dangerous poisons and can cause cancer. Anyone exposed to secondhand smoke inhales these substances.
Lung disease, including lung cancer, is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Secondhand smoke:
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How To Protect Your Family At Home
What If People Smoke Where You Work?NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) has determined that secondhand smoke may cause lung cancer in exposed workers.
A Special Message For SmokersSmoke-free worksites can be tough on smokers. Here are some tips for coping:
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Last Editorial Review: 3/6/2002
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