Second-Hand Tobacco Smoke Exposure

  • John Joshua


This chapter will address extensively the detrimental effects of second-hand tobacco smoke exposure, beginning with a discussion on the relationship between active and passive smoking. The risk to health of non-smokers who have been exposed to ETS has been well established. Passive smoking may be referred to as involuntary smoking. The consequences of SHS to health will be discussed, including the effects of smoking during pregnancy. The health risk to children and to the general population exposed to SHS will be discussed. Passive smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in infancy in industrialized countries. As passive smoking has considerable detrimental effects on the health of non-smokers, the rights of non-smokers have also been briefly addressed.


Second-hand smoke Second-hand smoke – effect Smoking and pregnancy Smoking and infancy 


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  • John Joshua
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  1. 1.Deakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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