environmental tobacco smoke

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Related to environmental tobacco smoke: passive smoking, Second hand smoking
Smoke from burning tobacco products to which a person is unintentionally exposed, most commonly in the home, formerly in public places, but no longer due to smoking bans

environmental tobacco smoke

The smoke from burning tobacco products to which a person is unintentionally exposed, in particular in public places–ie restaurants, hospitals, government buildings, aircraft. See Passive smoking, Second-hand smoke, Smoking.


Any suspension in the air of particles produced by combustion.

environmental tobacco smoke

Second-hand smoke.

first-hand smoke

Mainstream smoke.

mainstream smoke

Smoke released by a burning tobacco product and directly inhaled by the smoker.
Synonym: first-hand smoke

second-hand smoke

The airborne pollutants released from tobacco smoke into the air, from which they can be inhaled.
Synonym: environmental tobacco smoke; sidestream smoke

sidestream smoke

Second-hand smoke.

environmental tobacco smoke (ETS/passive smoke),

n the gaseous by-product of burning tobacco products, including but not limited to commercially manufactured cigarettes and cigars; contains toxic elements harmful to the health of adults and children exposed to it. Also called
secondhand smoke.

Patient discussion about environmental tobacco smoke

Q. Are throat nodulars caused by second hand smoke, allergy drip, and reflux. Also can chlorine and rust in water

A. Throat nodules, or also known as - vocal cord nodules, are usually caused by maximum contact between the two vocal cords. The cause of these formations are usually strenuous or abusive voice practices such as yelling and coughing. Persons who are often susceptible are those who use their voice constantly in a loud environment. Examples include teachers, cheerleaders, politicians, actors, musicians and singers. I am not sure I understand the question about chlorine and rust in water, I don't think these factors have a connection to vocal cord nodules. Other throat nodules can be cause by smoking (not as much in second hand smoke), alcohol or chewed tobbacco use.

Q. can i get lung cancer from second hand smoking? what is the red line amount? how long do i need to expose to a smoking environment before i risk lung cancer ?

A. Yes, second hand (or passive) smoking is indeed a risk factor for lung cancer. How much? It depends both on the environment of the passive smoking (e.g. to how many smokers one is exposed) and on genetic factors. Don't know about threshold, but it seems that the more you avoid it the better.

Q. can i get lung cancer from second hand smoking? what is the red line amount? how long do i need to expose to a smoking environment before i risk lung cancer ?

A. thanks dominicus.. hope our short explanation can answer your question, chocolat?

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In a groundbreaking study in 2002, Yolton found that exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, even at extremely low levels, is associated in children and adolescents with decreases in certain cognitive skills, including reading, math, logic, and reasoning.
These declines may not be clinically meaningful for an individual child but they have huge implications for our society because millions of children are exposed to environmental tobacco smoke.
They said: "These findings suggest that the effects of environmental tobacco smoke, particularly on coronary heart disease, are considerably
But the authors of the new study said, based on their findings: ``Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke could not plausibly cause a 30% increase in risk of coronary heart disease.
In recent years, some research has suggested that the impact of a given amount of smoking on lung cancer risk might be even greater among women than among men, that exposure to environmental tobacco smoke might be associated with increased risk for breast cancer, and that women might be more susceptible than men to weight gain following smoking cessation.
In Massachusetts, local Boards of Health receive state funding for the specific political purpose of eliminating environmental tobacco smoke.
Women with asthma were especially susceptible to diminished lung function from heavy exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS).
The data supports an association between environmental tobacco smoke and canine nasal cancer," says a research report.
When ACLU employees in Manhattan protested that environmental tobacco smoke was infringing their rights, administrator Linda Gustafson said she would research "the causal relationship between ETS [environmental tobacco smoke] and cancer and other serious health effects on nonsmokers.

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