Two recent research studies show that (1) Children exposed to secondhand smoke face a higher risk of developing early signs of clogged arteries by the time they’re 13, and (2) Smoking outdoors causes the same exposures to second hand smoke as indoors if the person is within 23 feet of the burning cigarette.* In addition, many people are extremely sensitive to tobacco smoke, especially those with asthma.
(1) “Secondhand Smoke Starts Damaging Arteries in Childhood,” HealthDay, Mar 2, 2010 and news release from American Heart Association, Mar 2, 2010.
(2) Repace, James, MSc. “Measurements of Outdoor Air Pollution from Secondhand Smoke on the UMBC Campus.” June 1, 2005, Repace Associates, Inc., 101 Felicia Lane, Bowie, MD 20720, www.repace.com.