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How bad is second hand smoke compared to a smoker's intake?
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Brian Fishman
Emergency Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Just as bad
Second hand smoke has been proved to be a risk factor for lung cancer and other lung diseases.
The risk increases linearly with exposure. When parents smoke, their exposed children are at an increased risk for asthma, respiratory infections, and otitis media (ear infections).

In brief: Just as bad
Second hand smoke has been proved to be a risk factor for lung cancer and other lung diseases.
The risk increases linearly with exposure. When parents smoke, their exposed children are at an increased risk for asthma, respiratory infections, and otitis media (ear infections).
Brian Fishman
Brian Fishman
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Dr. Karl Spector
Addiction Medicine
In brief: We're not sure
The jury's still out on this very good question but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that 2nd hand smoke cannot be good for anyone! although a smoker breathes the smoke directly into their lungs, it usually goes through a filter first.
2nd hand smoke does not. Any amount of smoke is worse than no smoke at all. Especially for children! and they usually don't have a choice!

In brief: We're not sure
The jury's still out on this very good question but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that 2nd hand smoke cannot be good for anyone! although a smoker breathes the smoke directly into their lungs, it usually goes through a filter first.
2nd hand smoke does not. Any amount of smoke is worse than no smoke at all. Especially for children! and they usually don't have a choice!
Dr. Karl Spector
Dr. Karl Spector
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