Dangers of Secondhand Smoke & the Benefits of Smokefree Policies

A recent article from the Center's for Disease Control states: "Secondhand smoke exposure contributes to approximately 41,000 deaths among nonsmoking adults and 400 deaths in infants each year. Secondhand smoke causes stroke, lung cancer, and coronary heart disease in adults. Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, middle ear disease, more severe asthma, respiratory symptoms, and slowed lung growth."

The article goes on to say: "Studies have shown that smokefree laws that prohibit smoking in public places like bars and restaurants help improve the health of workers and the general population.  Some of these improvements in health outcomes, such as reductions in hospital admissions for heart attacks, begin to be realized shortly after the laws take effect."

If you would like more information on this subject, or would be interested in becoming active in the Carter County Tobacco Free Coalition, you can call Deborah Sandarciero @ 573-323-4413 Ext. 4 or by email: dsandarciero@cartercountyhealth.org

Carter County Health Center - 1611 Health Center Rd./P.O. Box 70

Van Buren, MO 63965 - Phone: 573-323-4413