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Secondhand tobacco smoke causes premature death and disease in children and in adults who do not smoke.



Exposure of adults to tobacco smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and causes coronary heart disease and lung cancer. There is a 20 to 30% increase in the risk of lung cancer from secondhand tobacco smoke exposure associated with living with a smoker.



California Environmental Protection Agency. Proposed Identification of Environmental Tobacco Smoke as a Toxic Air Contaminant. Sacramento, CA: California Environmental Protection Agency, June 2005.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coordinating Center for Health Promotion, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2006.

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