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ETS Smoking is the acronym for Environment Tobacco Smoke. ETS smoking is commonly referred to secondhand smoking (passive smoking or involuntary smoking) where one inhales the noxious smoke and indirectly smokes since the effects to the smoker and the non-smoker are the same. The Food and Drug Association and the General Surgeon have documented in its annual report on the effects of ETS Smoking. The consequences found include aggravation of pulmonary tissues, inducement or worsening of asthma, tumor development, heart attack, sudden death syndrome, breast cancer, lung cancer. All these cancers are attributable to carcinogenic compounds found in smoke.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has classified two types of dangerous smoke: mainstream smoke and side-stream smoke. Main stream smoke proceeds from the mouth (the primary exhalation outlet). The side-stream smoke is the smoke that comes after the drafts from lighted butts. Both types of smoke are prejudicial to health and constitute ETS smoking. ETS exposure at work, at home, in a vehicle, or public place is especially harmful because of the length, frequency of contamination, and the lack of control that the non-smoker has over threats to his or her health. The Food and Drug Association, the American Heart Association, American Medical Association, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium have advocated mandatory smoking bans in public places and have come up with Fundamentals of SmokeFree Workplace Laws (November 2009). These organizations have made great strides in ensuring non-smoking and smoke-free environments through grassroots support and litigation.
In 2009, the World Health Organization has released the following startling statistics: Annually, in the U.S. alone, about 50,000 non-smokers pay with their lives due to ETS. On a worldwide scale the figure soars to 600,000. 700 million children suffer because of ETS exposure at home due to a smoking parent or guardian. Among the 45 million U.S. smokers, 126 million Americans are daily exposed to ETS. As far as ETS and the American minor is concerned, 60% of children in the US face secondhand smoke at home and public places.
The American Heart Association has proven the efficiency of ETS smoking bans. According to Circulation: The Journal of The American Heart Association released October 2009, the occurrence of heart failures experienced decreases spanning from 6 to 47 percent. Moreover, in a survey of smoking and non-smoking settlements in America and Europe, heart attacks were 17 percent fewer.
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