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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 26, 2013

Secondhand Smoke Affects Millions in Homes, Vehicles

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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Section Editor: Rebecca Voelker, MSJ.

JAMA. 2013;309(24):2544. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.6986

About 80% of US adults don't allow smoking in their homes and 75% have a no-smoking rule in their vehicles. Even so, new data show that nearly 11 million non-smoking adults are exposed to secondhand smoke in homes and almost 17 million are exposed in vehicles.

Published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) journal Preventing Chronic Disease, the data show that men, younger adults, blacks, and people with lower levels of education are the most likely among nonsmokers to breathe in secondhand smoke in homes or vehicles.

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