Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (also called secondhand smoke) presents a substantial public health problem, as it is responsible for lung cancer and other respiratory disorders in adults and various illnesses in children, including upper and lower respiratory tract infections and asthma. Monograph 4 attempts to estimate the extent of environmental tobacco smoke’s impact on public health.
National Cancer Institute. Respiratory Health Effects of Passive Smoking: Lung Cancer and Other Disorders. Tobacco Control Monograph No. 4. Bethesda, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. NIH Pub. No. 93-3605, August 1993.
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