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Health Tip: Avoid Secondhand Smoke

Health Tip: Avoid Secondhand Smoke

11/09/10

(HealthDay News) -- People who don't smoke but inhale secondhand smoke are exposed to the same harmful chemicals as smokers, the American Cancer Society warns.

The society says secondhand smoke can cause these health problems:

  • Increased risk of heart disease.
  • Increased risk of lung cancer.
  • Increased risk of respiratory problems, such as pain in the chest, mucus, coughing and diminished lung function.
  • Increased risk of ear infections and lung infections in children.
  • Increased risk of asthma attacks.
  • Increased risk of giving birth to babies with low birth weight.
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