Second hand smoke continues to be one of the biggest causes of pre-mature deaths in the United States. The EPA estimates that nearly 3000 people die every day from illness and effects from second hand smoke. In the EPA's "Healthy Home Initiative" presentation just recently, a continued collaboration of agencies and resources was the goal to help implement change to would lead to healthier homes and lives of the children and adults of our Denver Community.
The EPA along with HUD and other Federal agencies have issued a "Call to Action" with regard to improving Home Health not just for the sake of children, but for the workforce in America as well. At the top of the list of health hazards is Second Hand smoke. Many studies have been performed siting the relationship between asthma and other lung related illness with second hand smoke. Additionally, the EPA states that the issue of an unhealthy home is affecting not just the children, but the adults that are living in these homes as well.
There are a number of articles and studies that are available to get a clear understanding of the effects of second hand smoke.
Other Studies Support EPA on Secondhand Smoke, Washington Post
DIA travelers subjected to secondhand smoke, Denver Post
In an effort to create additional warnings to smokers about the hazards of second hand smoke, the Government wanted additional labels put on cigarette packages. The manufactures responded by suing the government for overstepping it's bounds.
In a period where there is so much call to action on Gun Control because of the lives that guns take, there is an ongoing question about the actions that should be taken to protect the innocent from the affects of second hand smoke. As thousands every day are affected by this deadly hazard, it is still primarily up to the individual to consider the dangers of cigarettes on themselves and others.