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Second Hand Smoke Kills 600,000 People Every Year

December 14, 2010

Studies around the world have proven the adverse effects of second hand smoke on people surrounding a smoker. Statistics from the World Health Organization show that over 1 billion people smoke world wide, and that about 5 million people die each year as a result of tobacco smoking. This means that somebody dies as a result of cigarette smoking every six seconds. 2/3 of all the people who die as a result of smoke, or second hand smoke, will be children.

According to the British medical journal The Lancet, “as many as 40 percent of children, 35 percent of women, and 33 percent of men [who] are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke indoors” will become sick because of second hand smoke.

Studies further show that 80% of tobacco smokers live in under developed areas where the effects of smoking and second hand smoke are more severe and detrimental.

“The study authors estimate that 165,000 children under the age of 5 die each year from lower respiratory infections caused by second-hand smoke – and most of these deaths occur in Africa and south Asia.”

This is a problem that plagues most of the world. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that more than half of the children in the United States between the ages of 3 and 11 have signs of second hand smoke in the blood.

A huge part of the problem is that people don’t know how their smoking affects the people around them. John Samet and Heather Wip fli,  public health experts from the University of Southern California, believe that if parents were educated on the health risks that are presented to their children, they would not smoke inside the house. They did a study that showed that 80% of parents who smoked, smoked near their children and/or inside the house.

By eliminating smoking indoors, a child’s exposure to cigarette smoke is reduced immediately and the negative medical effects of second hand smoke are decreased substantially.

From CNN Health

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