Passive smoking and health
This chapter provides an overview and introduction to the now vast data on the adverse health consequences of passive smoking, covering the risks to passive smokers, including the fetus, infants and children, and adults. In about three decades, progression has been made from the first studies on passive smoking and health to definitive evidence that passive smoking causes disease. The evidence derives from not only epidemiological studies, but studies with biomarkers documenting that tobacco smoke inhaled by non-smokers delivers doses of toxic components and metabolites to target organs. There are also animal studies and extensive data on patterns of exposure. The strength of the evidence and its public health implications have been a strong force for motivating tobacco control policy.
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