Secondhand Smoke Far More Deadly Than Feared

smokingNon-smokers beware the foul habits of your smoking friends, neighbors and, well, anyone in your vicinity. Oh, and most of all keep your kids away from them! From USA Today:

Secondhand smoke sickens millions and kills more than 600,000 people worldwide each year, including more than 165,000 children under 5, according to the first report to estimate the worldwide burden of disease and death from tobacco.

The World Health Organization’s report on 192 countries appeared in The Lancet on Thursday and found more than half of the deaths are from heart disease, followed by deaths from cancer, lung infections, asthma and other ailments.

More than two-thirds of the children’s deaths are in Africa and Asia, where they have less access to important public health services, such as vaccines, and less advanced medical care, the report says.

“These (statistics) are sad data,” the American Cancer Society’s Tom Glynn says.

Tobacco kills a total of 5.7 million people worldwide each year, including 5.1 million people who die from their own smoking, the report says. Smoking is the world’s leading cause of preventable death, according to the WHO.

Growing concern about secondhand smoke has led more than 40 countries to enact some kind of smoking ban, although many of these laws are limited, according to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights.

In the USA, 35 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Northern Mariana Islands have smoke-free laws, protecting 79% of the population.

According to the new report, children are particularly vulnerable. About 40% are exposed to secondhand smoke, along with one-third of adults. Kids exposed to secondhand smoke are at higher risk of a variety of illnesses, such as asthma, pneumonia, ear infections and sudden infant death syndrome.

Almost half of all deaths from secondhand smoke are in adult women, while 28% are in children.

“The combination of infectious diseases and tobacco seems to be a deadly combination for children,” the report says…

[continues at USA Today]

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31 Comments on "Secondhand Smoke Far More Deadly Than Feared"

  1. Another example of the New World Order trying to oppress our right to give others cancer!

  2. Another example of the New World Order trying to oppress our right to give others cancer!

  3. DeepCough | Nov 28, 2010 at 7:43 pm |

    What’s that? Turns out the American Medical Association was wrong? Again?

  4. DeepCough | Nov 28, 2010 at 7:43 pm |

    What’s that? Turns out the American Medical Association was wrong? Again?

  5. DeepCough | Nov 28, 2010 at 3:43 pm |

    What’s that? Turns out the American Medical Association was wrong? Again?

  6. Anonymous | Nov 28, 2010 at 8:48 pm |

    But what is the real killer? The smoke (airborne particulate)? The nicotine? The chemicals they add?

  7. jeffhalmos | Nov 28, 2010 at 4:48 pm |

    But what is the real killer? The smoke (airborne particulate)? The nicotine? The chemicals they add?

  8. justagirl | Nov 28, 2010 at 9:34 pm |

    o my god. i’m going to dye… and kill people.

  9. justagirl | Nov 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm |

    o my god. i’m going to dye… and kill people.

  10. Second hand smokers need to buy their own cigarettes instead of sucking up all of my smoke like a bunch of damned leeches. Get a job, buy a pack and smoke up you welfare bums, but quit expecting me to support you.

  11. Second hand smokers need to buy their own cigarettes instead of sucking up all of my smoke like a bunch of damned leeches. Get a job, buy a pack and smoke up you welfare bums, but quit expecting me to support you.

  12. Second hand smokers need to buy their own cigarettes instead of sucking up all of my smoke like a bunch of damned leeches. Get a job, buy a pack and smoke up you welfare bums, but quit expecting me to support you.

  13. Marklar_Prime | Nov 29, 2010 at 12:25 am |

    Second hand smokers need to buy their own cigarettes instead of sucking up all of my smoke like a bunch of damned leeches. Get a job, buy a pack and smoke up you welfare bums, but quit expecting me to support you.

    • NaturalSelection | Nov 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm |

      Hysterical 🙂

    • What about innocent kids in a household of smokers (moms and dads) that could care less about their kids breathing their second hand smoke?

  14. lucy brown | Nov 29, 2010 at 2:53 pm |

    no mention of the fact that the pharma guys are destroying childrens brains and immunity for life with their “vaccines”…that big
    agriculture is destroying the food supply and making us sick with frankenfoods…no mention anymore about the long term effects of the gulf oil disaster on our fish…no mention of the over-medicated population in this
    sick country….no mention of the doctors and scientists who have cures for cancer but have been jailed and
    forced to leave the country to practice elsewhere…..HELLO? anybody out there who doesn’t just do what
    theyre told and think what theyre told by a multibillion dollar industry?????

  15. lucy brown | Nov 29, 2010 at 10:53 am |

    no mention of the fact that the pharma guys are destroying childrens brains and immunity for life with their “vaccines”…that big
    agriculture is destroying the food supply and making us sick with frankenfoods…no mention anymore about the long term effects of the gulf oil disaster on our fish…no mention of the over-medicated population in this
    sick country….no mention of the doctors and scientists who have cures for cancer but have been jailed and
    forced to leave the country to practice elsewhere…..HELLO? anybody out there who doesn’t just do what
    theyre told and think what theyre told by a multibillion dollar industry?????

    • Would you similarly expect someone writing about the long term effects of the gulf oil disaster on our fish to mention the effects of secondhand smoke?

  16. Would you similarly expect someone writing about the long term effects of the gulf oil disaster on our fish to mention the effects of secondhand smoke?

  17. Would you similarly expect someone writing about the long term effects of the gulf oil disaster on our fish to mention the effects of secondhand smoke?

  18. NaturalSelection | Nov 29, 2010 at 4:59 pm |

    Hysterical 🙂

  19. If you’ve ever inhaled second hand smoke and then died some time years later, you’re a part of the second hand smoke statistic.

    /these studies are inherently biased…it may not be in such an obvious way as what I listed but they are most certainly biased.

  20. If you’ve ever inhaled second hand smoke and then died some time years later, you’re a part of the second hand smoke statistic.

    /these studies are inherently biased…it may not be in such an obvious way as what I listed but they are most certainly biased.

  21. If you’ve ever inhaled second hand smoke and then died some time years later, you’re a part of the second hand smoke statistic.

    /these studies are inherently biased…it may not be in such an obvious way as what I listed but they are most certainly biased.

  22. “More than two-thirds of the children’s deaths are in Africa and Asia, where they have less access to important public health services, such as vaccines, and less advanced medical care, the report says.”

    So that’s one blatant example of where they’re inflating their stats….okay, I was wrong; maybe they will be THAT obvious.

  23. “More than two-thirds of the children’s deaths are in Africa and Asia, where they have less access to important public health services, such as vaccines, and less advanced medical care, the report says.”

    So that’s one blatant example of where they’re inflating their stats….okay, I was wrong; maybe they will be THAT obvious.

  24. “More than two-thirds of the children’s deaths are in Africa and Asia, where they have less access to important public health services, such as vaccines, and less advanced medical care, the report says.”

    So that’s one blatant example of where they’re inflating their stats….okay, I was wrong; maybe they will be THAT obvious.

  25. Anonymous | Nov 30, 2010 at 4:04 pm |

    the everyday stress of “i’m quitting soon”

  26. What about innocent kids in a household of smokers (moms and dads) that could care less about their kids breathing their second hand smoke?

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