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Fact Sheet on Secondhand Smoke

James L. Repace, MSc., Physicist
Repace Associates, Inc., Secondhand Smoke Consultants
Bowie, Maryland 20720, U.S.A.

Ichiro Kawachi, PhD, Associate Professor
Department of Health and Social Behavior
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Stanton Glantz, PhD., Professor
Department of Cardiology, University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

This Fact Sheet was compiled by the authors in response to a request by the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), Geneva, Switzerland, and presented at the 2nd European Conference on Tobacco or Health
and the 1st Iberoamerican Conference on Tobacco or Health Canary Islands, Spain, 23-27 February 1999.


Breathing secondhand-smoke causes morbidity and mortality from cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease, as well as acute sensory irritation. It causes the premature death of hundreds of thousands of nonsmokers worldwide. Smoke-free buildings are the only remedy. Secondhand smoke cannot be controlled by ventilation, air cleaning, or spatial separation of smokers from nonsmokers.

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[ Introduction ] [ Secondhand Smoke and Cardiovascular Disease ] [ Secondhand Smoke Exposure ]
[ Smoke-Free Restaurant Laws ] [ SHS Lessons from California ] [ Conclusions ] [ Technical Appendices ]

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