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  •  The extent of second hand smoke damage is a haox. (0+ / 0-)

    Occasional exposure to small amounts of second hand smoke aren't going to hurt anyone. Living with a smoker isn't as bad as being a smoker, but can kill you.

    •  Typical smoker rationalization (2+ / 0-)
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      You're as bad as the global warming denial movement.

      The scientific evidence is compelling and damning - and overwhelming.

      Sigh.

      Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives. - Ayn Rand

      by CA Libertarian on Wed Oct 03, 2007 at 05:36:12 PM PDT

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      •  Isn't It Possible??? (0+ / 0-)

        ....to believe one and not the other.  When you look at those funding the studies on secondhand smoke (cough, insurance companies), it's hard to deny a vested interest in presenting the most bombastic case possible against secondhand smoke.

    •  read the surgeon general's report (2+ / 0-)
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      and check your local American Lung association. You are just flat out wrong on the facts.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Wed Oct 03, 2007 at 05:38:44 PM PDT

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      •  The Same Surgeon General's Report.... (0+ / 0-)

        ....showed the cancer risk from secondhand smoke is a statistically insignificant 0.3% higher than no risk at all.  To put that in perspective, the grill you probably cooked your dinner on last weekend raises your cancer risk by 0.9%.

        •  cancer risk is but one of many (1+ / 0-)
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          smoking hazards including emphysema and heart disease. In the case of second hand smoke, also known as environmental tobacco smoke or ETS, the conclusion is that it is a health hazard.

          especially because we are talking about children, this is froma  respected medical source called UpToDate:

          There is an extensive list of adverse effects that various groups have concluded are causally associated with exposure of infants and children to SHS. Exposure to SHS has been found to be a cause of slightly reduced birth weight, lower respiratory illnesses, chronic respiratory symptoms, middle ear disease, reduced lung function, ever having asthma among children of school age, and the onset of wheeze illness in early childhood [5]. Maternal smoking has been characterized as a major cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), as has exposure to SHS generally. The conclusions of the other recent reports, including those from the California Environmental Protection Agency [15] and the United Kingdom's Scientific Committee on Tobacco [13] are similar.

          "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

          by Greg Dworkin on Wed Oct 03, 2007 at 05:56:10 PM PDT

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        •  more (SHS is second hand smoke) (1+ / 0-)
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          Multiple public health reports in the US and elsewhere have identified specific health risks associated with SHS in children [10-12]. These reports describe the following specific risks for children, each of which is discussed in detail below.

             * Prematurity and perinatal mortality
             * Slightly reduced birth weight
             * Sudden infant death syndrome
             * Lower respiratory illnesses
             * Chronic respiratory symptoms
             * Reduced lung function
             * Middle ear disease

          Quality of life and costs — The morbidity associated with ETS exposure is a significant public health issue for children that affects both quality of life and healthcare costs. As an example, the 1991 U.S. National Health Interview Survey (including 17,448 children) found that children who were exposed to SHS had, on average, two more days of restricted activity, one more day of bed confinement, and 1.4 more days of school absence than did those who were not exposed, even after controlling for age, socioeconomic status, race, sex, and family size [19]. Analysis of the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (including 5,400 United States children aged 4 to 16 years) showed an association between high cotinine levels and wheezing, increased school absence, and reduced lung function [20].

          "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

          by Greg Dworkin on Wed Oct 03, 2007 at 05:57:53 PM PDT

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