Study: Secondhand smoke as dangerous as air pollution

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND (WIVB) – Researches say living with a cigarette smoker is like living in a big city with extreme air pollution. Scottish researchers collected data from dozens of homes and found non-smokers who lived with smokers were exposed to air that was three times above safe levels.

The new study is available here.

Researchers write, “Taken over a lifetime, many non-smokers living with a smoker inhale a similar mass of particulate matter as a non-smoker living in a heavily polluted city such as Beijing.” They say you can effectively eliminate 70% of the particulate matter you inhale by moving to a smoke-free home.

Dr. Sean Semple of University of Aberdeen and lead author, said, “These measurements show that secondhand tobacco smoke can produce very high levels of toxic particles in your home: much higher than anything experienced outside in most towns and cities in the UK. Making your home smoke-free is the most effective way of dramatically reducing the amount of damaging fine particles you inhale.”

Many doctors believe exposure to secondhand smoke can lead to a variety of health problems such as respiratory and heart illness.
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