CDC report finds secondhand smoke still a danger

February 10, 2015 2:59 PM

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CDC report finds secondhand smoke still a danger

A burning cigarette is a danger not only to the person smoking it but also to those around him. A new study released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that though secondhand smoke exposure has been cut by half since 1999, there is much work left to be done. There are public smoking bans in place in 700 cities and 26 states, but 24 states lack them.

“We have made considerable progress in reducing secondhand smoke exposure in this country however a large portion of the population remains exposed,” study author Dr. Brian King, an epidemiologist with the CDC’s office on smoking and health, said. “Rates are alarmingly high among certain populations...

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