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Can Second Hand Smoke Cause Cancer?

by Medindia Content Team on February 2, 2006 at 12:39 PM
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Can Second Hand Smoke Cause Cancer?

Secondhand smoke has already been declared an air pollutant by the regulators in Canada. The California Environmental Protection Agency has also declared that younger women can contract breast cancer as a result of this, even though other groups like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, and the American Cancer Society do not subscribe to this.

These organizations are reported to be looking for more evidence before endorsing this. It has already been accepted that both heart disease and lung cancer can be caused by second hand smoke. Women who work as waitresses receive the maximum exposure to second hand smoke. Breast cancer claims a total of 40,000 lives in the US annually. There are also many who contend that if second hand smoke results in breast cancer, the results on smokers should be far more devastating, which is not the case in reality.

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Second hand smoke plays no role in cutting estrogen production or damaging ovaries either. The study made by the CalEPA further states that younger women face greater dangers from secondhand smoke when compared to older women. Anti-smoking groups are trying to ban smoking at restaurant patios, beaches and trolley stops. There are also groups which contend that vehicular pollution is far more dangerous when compared to second hand tobacco smoke.

California alone is responsible for releasing an amount of 1,900 tons of carbon monoxide and 40 tons of nicotine into the air annually. Californian regulators have already branded the smoke from tobacco as an air contaminant that is toxic. As many as 16% of the population in the state smoke.
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