Breathing secondhand smoke
or passive/involuntary smoking is as harmful as smoking.
Americans express far less certainty about the dangers of secondhand smoke
than about actual smoking.
However, despite the great steps made, smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and a deeply pressing issue for young victims of secondhand smoke
causes numerous health problems in infants and children, raising the risks of more frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections, and even meningitis and sudden infant death.
Based on the 2015 Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) Philippines, secondhand smoke
exposure was highly prevalent at 86 percent in public places, particularly in bars and nightclubs.
With an alarming number of children still being exposed to secondhand smoke
every day, working with the American Academy of Pediatrics to help educate physicians and parents and help curb exposure is an important step in our efforts to help deliver the first tobacco-fiee generation," Eileen Howard Boone, the foundation's president, said last month in announcing the grant.
Surgeon General which concluded that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke
Declines in secondhand smoke
exposure were observed across all population subgroups, however some disparities still remain, found the study, which is based on 19992012 data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
Earlier, the Department of Health (DOH) noted in its Bulletin on Secondhand Smoke
that cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals which cause cancer, heart disease, difficulties in breathing, and other ailments.
ISSUE: The WVSMA seeks to reduce or eliminate tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke
by West Virginia citizens, especially children and pregnant women.
The report found that the vast majority of respondents, around 90%, agreed that secondhand smoke
can harm health, that parental smoking can harm health and that parents should not smoke in front of their children.
Researchers found that 26 percent of people exposed to varying levels of secondhand smoke
had signs of coronary artery calcification (CAC), compared to 18.