Number of smoke-free homes has doubled in 20 years

September 5, 2014 3:14 PM

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Although people are increasingly protected from the effects of secondhand smoke by laws that prohibit tobacco smoking in restaurants, bars, workplaces and other indoor public places, millions of nonsmokers - particularly children - are exposed to secondhand smoke in homes.

Approximately 41,000 nonsmoking Americans die each year from exposure to secondhand smoke. The cost to the economy in lost productivity caused by these premature deaths is estimated by the US Department of Health and Human Services to be $5.6 billion.

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