Risk of Secondhand Smoke

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Are the Risks of Secondhand Smoke Overstated? Secondhand smoke is an issue that has been getting much attention lately. Many states have drafted and pass laws to protect non smoker from the harmful toxic smoking produces. The United States Congress has not attempted to enact any nationwide federal smoking ban. Therefore, smoking bans in the United States are entirely a product of state and local criminal and occupational safety and health laws. Base upon the Constitution of America, which promotes the geranial welfare of American, the government on every level has a duty to protect individuals from secondhand smoke. This fact alone proves that the risk of secondhand smoke is an issue that has plague community all over the United States but lack attention from the Federal Government. The United States Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H, FACS stated. I am grateful to be here today and to be able to say unequivocally that the debate is over. The science is clear: secondhand smoke is not a mere annoyance, but a serious health hazard that causes premature death and disease in children and nonsmoking adults. The American Lung Association states, secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard causing close to 50,000 deaths per year. It can cause or exacerbate a wide range of adverse health effects, including lung cancer, respiratory infections, and asthma. Everyone knows the dangers of smoking – 1 in 10 deaths worldwide is from a smoking-related disease, according to the World Health Organization. But exposure to tobacco fumes kills 600,000 nonsmokers a year worldwide, including 165,000 children, according to a December 2010 WHO study. That’s about 1 out of every 100 deaths worldwide, through smoke-related illnesses such as heart disease, lower respiratory infections, asthma and lung cancer. The fumes are harder to avoid than you think: They can
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