Cigarette smoke is made up of 43 carcinogenic (cancer generating) substances and more than 400 other toxins that can also be found in wood varnish, nail polish remover, and rat poison. All of these substances can build-up in the body and can cause serious problems to the heart and lungs.
In addition to the health hazards of mainstream tobacco smoke, there are risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke, also called passive smoking or environmental tobacco smoke (ETS).
In 1986, two reports issued by the National Research Council and the Surgeon General concluded that ETS increases the risk of
- lung cancer,
- ischemic heart disease, and
- acute myocardial infarction.
The Environmental Protection Agency classified ETS as a known human carcinogen in 1992.
ETS is especially hazardous for infants and young children.
- Maternal smoking increases the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Young children in households of cigarette smokers are more likely to suffer from
- respiratory and ear infections and
It is no wonder that as of July 1, 2010 twenty-eight states plus the D.C. and Puerto Rico have passed smoke-free laws that cover restaurants and bars. The law is intended to protect the public from the dangers of second hand smoke or ETS.
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