There is No Safe Level of Secondhand Smoke Exposure

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There is No Safe Level of Secondhand Smoke Exposure

Postby Wilberforce » Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:43 pm

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In the United States, cigarette smoking and the exposure to secondhand smoke causes approximately 443,000 deaths each year.

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, no amount of exposure to secondhand smoke is safe. Secondhand smoke increases the risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) or heart attacks, heart disease, lung cancer, and other cancers up to 31% in nonsmoking adults.

Secondhand smoke also causes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, middle ear disease, and more frequent and severe asthma attacks in children.

More than 50% of American children 3 to 11 years of age (19 million children) are exposed to secondhand smoke.

The effects of secondhand smoke may be particularly more hazardous for children because of their smaller airways and the need to breathe more quickly, taking in 3 to 4 times as much air, therefore, potentially more secondhand smoke relative to their body weights than adults.

Approximately 88 million nonsmoking Americans continue to be exposed to secondhand smoking in homes, vehicles, workplaces, and public places.

Even a brief exposure to secondhand smoke could trigger a heart attack.

article is continued on the CDC site
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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