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How can you protect yourself from secondhand smoke?

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The best way is to avoid smokers. Don’t let anyone smoke in your house or car. If a houseguest wants to smoke, ask her to take it outside. Pick smoke-free restaurants, and ask for nonsmoking rooms at hotels and motels.

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “9 of the Worst Diseases You Can Get from Secondhand Smoke,” “Lung Cancer Fact Sheet.”

American Cancer Society: “Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke.”

National Cancer Institute: “Lung Cancer Prevention (PDQ) -- Patient Version,” “Secondhand Smoke and Cancer.”

U.S. Surgeon General and CDC: “Secondhand Smoke: what it means to you.”

CDC: “Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke,” “Secondhand Smoke (SHS) Facts.”

Mayo Clinic: “How risky is secondhand smoke?” “Lung Cancer: Causes,” “What is thirdhand smoke, and why is it a concern?”

The Lancet Oncology : “Second-hand smoke and human lung cancer.”

Department of Health and Human Services: “The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General.”

Environmental Protection Agency: “Secondhand Tobacco Smoke and Smoke-Free Homes.”

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health : “Sex and Age Differences in Exposure to Secondhand Smoke at Home among Korean Adolescents: A Nationally Representative Survey.”

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights: “Tobacco, Secondhand Smoke, and Pets.”

Tobacco Control: “When smokers quit: exposure to nicotine and carcinogens persists from thirdhand smoke pollution.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 10, 2017

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “9 of the Worst Diseases You Can Get from Secondhand Smoke,” “Lung Cancer Fact Sheet.”

American Cancer Society: “Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke.”

National Cancer Institute: “Lung Cancer Prevention (PDQ) -- Patient Version,” “Secondhand Smoke and Cancer.”

U.S. Surgeon General and CDC: “Secondhand Smoke: what it means to you.”

CDC: “Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke,” “Secondhand Smoke (SHS) Facts.”

Mayo Clinic: “How risky is secondhand smoke?” “Lung Cancer: Causes,” “What is thirdhand smoke, and why is it a concern?”

The Lancet Oncology : “Second-hand smoke and human lung cancer.”

Department of Health and Human Services: “The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General.”

Environmental Protection Agency: “Secondhand Tobacco Smoke and Smoke-Free Homes.”

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health : “Sex and Age Differences in Exposure to Secondhand Smoke at Home among Korean Adolescents: A Nationally Representative Survey.”

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights: “Tobacco, Secondhand Smoke, and Pets.”

Tobacco Control: “When smokers quit: exposure to nicotine and carcinogens persists from thirdhand smoke pollution.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 10, 2017

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