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Secondhand Smoke (cont.)

Secondhand Smoke and Other Lung Diseases

Lung function is compromised in those who are continuously exposed to secondhand smoke. Symptoms such as coughing and chest congestion are more common in those exposed to passive smoke than in nonsmokers. The respiratory effects of secondhand smoke are particularly dangerous to infants and young children. Babies exposed to secondhand smoke can develop serious respiratory infections. Every year, passive smoking is believed to cause 50,000 to 300,000 lung infections (such as pneumonia and bronchitis) in children younger than 18 months of age in the U.S.

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