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Second-hand Smoke

Exposure to second-hand smoke increases the risk of adverse health effects. Second-hand smoke has been classified by the EPA as a known carcinogen (cancer causing agent). At least 9 states including CA, CT, DE, ME, MA, NY, RI, VT and WA prohibit smoking in almost all workplaces, including restaurants and bars. Many communities are following this trend as well. Read the following facts from the American Lung Association regarding second-hand smoke (Source: Research the fact listed below. Include at least one additional web reference, NOT American Lung Association.

**Second-hand smoke causes approximately 3,000 lung cancer deaths and 35,000-62,000 heart disease deaths in adult non-smokers in the United States each year. (LUNG CANCER).

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Tobacco has been associated with various health conditions that can lead to death. Among those are various types of cancer affecting mouth, tongue, salivary glands, esophagus, lungs, kidneys, breast, pancreas or colon, heart diseases, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to name a few (Gupta, 2001). However, these adverse health conditions happen in both smokers and non-smokers who involuntary and passively inhale the contaminated air left by the tobacco. The adverse health effects found in people and children who are subject to second hand smoke increase even more the public health burden that tobacco has in any country (Gupta, 2001; Max, Sung, & ...

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The solution involves a concise description of the health risks and econoomic burden associated with second-hand smoking. (Includes resources)