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Secondhand smoke impairs lung function in women
Secondhand smoke causes decreased lung function in women, especially those with asthma, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference in Atlanta on May 21. The study of more than 10,000 adults, 440 of whom had asthma, found secondhand smoke did not affect the lung function of men. (2002-05-21)

Secondhand smoke causing thousands of still births in developing countries
Exposure to secondhand smoke is causing thousands of still births in developing countries, according to new research carried out by the University of York. (2018-07-20)

Childhood exposure to secondhand smoke may increase risk of adult lung disease death
A new study suggests that long-term exposure to secondhand smoke during childhood increases the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) death in adulthood. (2018-08-16)

Indoor smoking bans: Are they creating unhealthy outdoor zones for secondhand smoke?
With the growing number of smoking bans in restaurants and bars driving smokers outside, researchers in Athens, Ga., are hoping to find out whether secondhand smoke from smokers clustered outside these establishments is posing a health hazard of its own. (2007-05-22)

As many as two-fifths of never-smoking teens are exposed to secondhand smoke worldwide
Many teens who have never smoked are being exposed to the health dangers of tobacco. A new study estimated the prevalence of secondhand smoke exposure worldwide among teens who had never smoked, and found that one third of those teens are exposed to secondhand smoke inside the home and more than two-fifths of those teens are exposed to secondhand smoke outside the home. The study was recently published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. (2015-01-12)

New study on smoking bans finds decrease in smoke exposure in public and private places
Exposure to secondhand smoke has long been associated with negative health effects. A study of secondhand smoke exposure after two smoking bans in Spain, publishing today in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, suggests that overall exposure can be decreased across all settings by comprehensive legislative efforts. (2017-02-26)

Secondhand smoke exposure is linked to worsening of lung function for persons with cystic fibrosis
Exposure to secondhand smoke is associated with adverse effects on lung function among persons with cystic fibrosis, with this effect being worse for persons with certain gene variations, according to a study in the Jan. 30 issue of JAMA. (2008-01-29)

Study: Secondhand smoke linked to common nasal and sinus condition
Nearly 40 percent of chronic rhinosinusitis diagnoses are linked to secondhand smoke, according to a Henry Ford Health System study. Researchers found that people are at increased risk for developing rhinosinusitis from exposure to secondhand smoke at home and public places like bars and restaurants, but that the risk is even higher at work and at private social settings. (2010-04-19)

Secondhand smoke exposure worsens cystic fibrosis
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered the first genetic evidence that secondhand smoke can worsen lung disease. The report in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association describes one gene variation that can weaken lung function as well as shorten the lifespan of those affected by cystic fibrosis and also are exposed to secondhand smoke. (2008-01-29)

Secondhand smoke is linked to Type 2 diabetes and obesity
Adults who are exposed to secondhand smoke have higher rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes than do nonsmokers without environmental exposure to tobacco smoke, a new study shows. The results will be presented Sunday at the Endocrine Society's 94th Annual Meeting in Houston. (2012-06-24)

Secondhand smoke exposure associated with chronic sinus disease
Individuals who are exposed to more secondhand smoke in private and public settings appear more likely to have chronic rhinosinusitis, according to a report in the April issue of Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2010-04-19)

Exposure to secondhand smoke linked to increased risk of tooth decay in young children
Exposure to secondhand smoke at four months of age is associated with an increased risk of tooth decay at age 3 years, concludes a study from Japan in The BMJ today. (2015-10-21)

Secondhand smoke associated with psychiatric distress, illness
Exposure to secondhand smoke appears to be associated with psychological distress and the risk of future psychiatric hospitalization among healthy adults, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the August print issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2010-06-07)

Secondhand smoke increases teen test failure
Teens exposed to secondhand smoke at home are at increased risk of test failure in school, suggests a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. (2007-09-20)

Smoke-exposed children with flu more likely to need ICU care
Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to need intensive care and intubation when hospitalized with influenza, according to new research by the University of Rochester Medical Center presented today at the Pediatric Academic Society meeting in Denver. The children also had longer hospital stays. (2011-05-01)

Belief in dangers of secondhand smoke deters teen smoking, study finds
Teenage smokers are more likely to quit because they are concerned about hurting others from secondhand smoke than because they fear for their own health, according to results of a survey published in the journal Pediatrics. (2000-12-03)

Mothers know best about child's smoke exposure
Mothers have a good idea about the amount of secondhand smoke their children are exposed to at home, which often corresponds with biological indicators of risky levels of exposure, according to a new study in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research. (2003-06-16)

Documents show tobacco industry's attempts to influence journalists' reporting on secondhand smoke
A study based on the tobacco industry's own documents shows the extent of the tobacco industry's efforts to influence the print media on the health effects of secondhand smoke. (2004-08-06)

Aggressive behavior linked specifically to secondhand smoke exposure in childhood
Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke in early childhood are more likely to grow up to physically aggressive and antisocial, regardless of whether they were exposed during pregnancy or their parents have a history of being antisocial, according to Linda Pagani and Caroline Fitzpatrick of the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine hospital. (2013-05-21)

Dartmouth researchers invent real time secondhand smoke sensor
Making headway against a major public health threat, Dartmouth College researchers have invented the first ever secondhand tobacco smoke sensor that records data in real time, a new study in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research shows. (2013-03-19)

Secondhand Smoke Breaks Down Blood Vessel "Smoke Screen"
DALLAS, May 26 -- After spending only 30 minutes in a smoke- filled room, participants in a study had losses in their blood stores of antioxidants, including vitamin C, according to a study reported today in an American Heart Association journal. (1998-05-25)

Smoking ban is protecting bar workers in Ireland
The smoke-free law in the Republic of Ireland is protecting non-smoking bar workers from exposure to secondhand smoke, conclude two studies published online today by the journals, BMJ and Tobacco Control. (2005-10-16)

Living with a smoker may raise blood pressure in boys
Exposure to secondhand smoke, even at extremely low levels, is associated with increased blood pressure in boys. (2011-05-01)

Secondhand smoke in cars, bars impairs breathing within 20 minutes
Heavy concentrations of secondhand smoke, such as those found in smoke-filled bars and cars, can lead to airway restriction for bystanders within minutes of exposure. The study, presented at CHEST 2012, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, showed that after 20 minutes of exposure to highly concentrated secondhand smoke, participants experienced near immediate physiologic changes, including airway resistance and impedance. (2012-10-22)

Secondhand smoke increases risk of dementia
Exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke increases the risk of developing dementia, according to research that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 59th Annual Meeting in Boston, April 28-May 5, 2007. (2007-05-01)

Arizona's smoking ban reduced hospital visits, UA study finds
Since the 2007 state law that bans smoking in public venues took effect, admissions for ailments related to secondhand smoke have declined by as much as 33 percent. UA psychology department researchers Patricia Herman and Michele Walsh analyzed hospital data going back to 2004 for their study. (2010-05-19)

New study adds weight to link between passive smoking and death
Adults who have never smoked and who live with smokers have a 15% higher risk of death than those living in a smoke-free household, according to new research available on (2004-04-04)

UC study: Exposure to tobacco smoke significantly impacts teen health
Secondhand smoke linked to poor health, higher absenteeism, increased likelihood to seek medical attention among adolescents (2018-08-21)

Exposure to secondhand smoke among children in England has declined since 1996
The most comprehensive study to date of secondhand smoke exposure among children in England is published today in the journal Addiction. The study, carried out by researchers from the University of Bath's School for Health, reveals that exposure to household secondhand smoke among children aged 4-15 has declined steadily since 1996. (2010-02-08)

Secondhand smoke is a health threat to pets
It has been in the news for years about how secondhand smoke is a health threat to nonsmokers. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that secondhand smoke is attributed with killing thousands of adult nonsmokers annually. (2007-08-31)

Public smoking bans may cut heart attacks
Smoke-free laws may be linked with a rapid fall in the number of heart attacks, according to new research available on (2004-04-04)

A minute of secondhand marijuana smoke may damage blood vessels
Rats' blood vessels took at least three times longer to recover function after only a minute of breathing secondhand marijuana smoke, compared to recovery after a minute of breathing secondhand tobacco smoke. With many states legalizing medical and recreational marijuana, and possible corporate expansion within the cannabis industry, this type of research is important to help understand the health consequences of exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke, researchers said. (2016-07-27)

Smoke-filled cars: New fodder for the next clean air fight
New research from investigators at Harvard University measured secondhand tobacco smoke in cars and found pollution levels that are likely hazardous to children. (2006-10-03)

Beware: Children can passively 'smoke' marijuana, too
Relaxing with a joint around children is not very wise. Not only do youngsters inhale harmful secondary smoke in the process, but the psychoactive chemicals in the drug are taken up by their bodies as well. This warning comes from Karen Wilson of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the American Academy of Pediatrics Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence. The findings are published in Springer Nature's journal Pediatric Research. (2016-12-07)

Tobacco policies: Smoking bans reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and reduce heart attacks
In countries and states that have introduced policies that restrict smoking in public, people have less exposure to secondhand smoke. There is also a reduction in the number of people who have heart attacks, as well as an improvement in other indicators of health. These findings are reported in a new review published in the April issue of the Cochrane Library. (2010-04-13)

Scientists create new tools for battling secondhand smoke
Dartmouth researchers have made a breakthrough in secondhand smoke exposure technology. (2013-03-21)

Study shows lower lung cancer rates in communities with strong smoke-free laws
Researchers at the University of Kentucky studied the correlation between communities with strong smoke-free workplace laws and the number of new lung cancer diagnoses. Those communities have 8% fewer new cases than communities with weak or no workplace laws. (2017-11-29)

Nemours researchers uncover new evidence of cancer-causing agent present in gaseous phase of cigarette smoke
A team led by scientists from Nemours and UCLA has shown that a key protein involved in cell function and regulation is stopped by a substance present in cigarette smoke. The authors found a cancer-causing agent called reactive oxygen species present in the gaseous phase of cigarette smoke that has the ability to inhibit normal cell function. Exposure to secondhand smoke impaired the function of the sodium pump, necessary for healthy cell regulation. (2012-03-21)

Secondhand smoke impairs vital cough reflex in kids
Research from the Monell Center reveals that exposure to secondhand smoke decreases sensitivity to cough-eliciting respiratory irritants in healthy children and adolescents. The findings may help to explain why children of smokers are more likely to develop respiratory diseases and also are more likely to experiment with smoking during adolescence. (2012-08-20)

Secondhand smoke causes longer hospitalization in infants with respiratory infections
More evidence has surfaced that supports the war on smoking, especially if smokers have an infant in their household. A study published in the June issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology finds smoke exposure puts infants with a family history of allergies at higher risk for severe infection and longer hospital stays. (2013-06-04)

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