Effects of Second Hand Smoke

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Effects of Second Hand Smoke

  1. 1. Here’s what the American Cancer Society has to say about Secondhand smoke:Secondhand smoke can cause harm in many ways. Each year inthe United States alone, it is responsible for: ● An estimated 46,000 deaths from heart disease in people who are current non-smokers ● About 3,400 lung cancer deaths in non-smoking adults ● Worse asthma and asthma-related problems in up to 1 million asthmatic children ● Between 150,000 and 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections (lung and bronchus) in children under 18 months of age, with 7,500 to 15,000 hospitalizations each year ● Children exposed to secondhand smoke are much more likely to be put into intensive care when they have the flu, they are in the hospital longer, and are more likely to need breathing tubes than kids who aren’t exposed to SHS ● In the United States, the costs of extra medical care, illness, and death caused by SHS are over $10 billion per year http://www.cancer.org/index

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