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
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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.
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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.
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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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Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure and Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis
* The frequency of acute respiratory infection increases in proportion to the presence of indoor smokers and increased number of cigarettes smoked in children exposed to environmental tobacco smoke.
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.
Environmental tobacco smoke: Health effects and policies to reduce exposure.
Researcher Dr Kimberly Yolton said that reading, maths and reasoning scores were related to environmental tobacco smoke exposure.
``It seems premature to conclude that environmental tobacco smoke causes death from coronary heart disease and lung cancer.''
The cost estimates are not much affected by adding in the costs of environmental tobacco smoke. Using government estimates of the magnitude of those risks, the insurance costs of environmental tobacco smoke amount to under a penny a pack.
For example, does exposure to environmental tobacco smoke increase the risk for breast cancer?
A Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program (MTCP)-funded study, entitled "Smoke Knows No Boundaries: legal strategies for environmental tobacco smoke incursions into the home within multi-family residential dwellings," suggested how governments could be used to ban smoking in the home, specifically within apartment complexes.
Heavy exposure to environmental tobacco smoke was linked with reduced lung function in women in an epidemiologic study that included more than 10,000 nonsmokers.
Of the 32 babies Dearborn and his colleagues have treated, he says, "Ninety percent have come from water-damaged homes containing toxigenic fungi and environmental tobacco smoke." (Dearborn says smoke appears to trigger the hemorrhages, but the molds cause the underlying damage.)
Interventions include (1) avoidance of house dust mite and pet allergens and environmental tobacco smoke, (2) encouragement of breast-feeding, and (3) supplementation with a partially hydrolyzed formula.

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