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Secondhand Smoke (cont.)

Reducing Secondhand Smoke Exposure

Secondhand smoke is a known contributor to premature death in both adults and children. If you are a smoker, quitting smoking is the best way to protect your children, other family members, and friends from the serious health risks of passive smoking. Nonsmokers and smokers who wish to protect their families from these risks should not allow themselves or others to smoke in their homes.

In the U.S. and many other nations, governments have enacted a variety of laws designed to protect people from health dangers associated with secondhand smoke. Public interest and legislation to prevent smoking in workplaces and public buildings is on the rise as the public becomes more informed about the risks of secondhand smoke. The U.S. Surgeon General confirms that smoke-free workplaces are the only way to protect people from exposure to secondhand smoke in the workplace, since steps such as having separate smoking areas, air purification, and ventilating the building have all not been proven sufficient to prevent exposure if smoking is allowed inside the building.

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