home
RSS
Secondhand smoke kills 600,000 worldwide annually
November 26th, 2010
09:08 AM ET

Secondhand smoke kills 600,000 worldwide annually

1 in 100 people around the world die from secondhand smoke each year, a new study reveals, and nearly two-thirds of the deaths occur in children.

Health officials have known that more than 1 billion people around the world smoke and 5 million people die each year from tobacco-related illness, according to the World Health Organization.  That's about one person dying every six seconds.

But just how many people are sickened by secondhand smoke has been less clear, which led researchers to try to investigate how big the problem is. Based on 2004 data gathered from 192 countries, researchers estimate "as many as 40 percent of children, 35 percent of women, and 33 percent of men are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke indoors," according to a WHO study published in the British medical journal The Lancet.

"Tobacco use is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced," says the WHO.  More than 80 percent of the more than 1 billion smokers worldwide live in low- and middle-income countries, where the burden of tobacco-related illness and death is heaviest. The study authors estimate that 165,000 children under the age of 5 die each year from lower respiratory infections caused by second-hand smoke – and most of these deaths occur in Africa and south Asia.

Just two months ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  released a report that found more than half of children in the United States, between ages 3 and 11 show signs in their blood of exposure to secondhand smoke.  Previous studies have found that even extremely low levels of exposure to cigarette smoke produced detectable abnormal genetic activity in these cells.

The more than 1 billion smokers are exposing billions of non-smokers to one of the top indoor pollutants according to the WHO. Researchers believe more needs to be done to create complete smoke-free indoor environments at work, in public places and on public transportation. Jonathan Samet and Heather Wipfli, two leading public health experts from the University of Southern California say their research from 31 countries found  that 88 percent of parents who smoked did so at home and that over 80 percent smoked near their children. In an accompanying commentary, they emphasize the need for smoke-free homes, which can help  lower the number of people sickened and dying from someone else's smoke.

Wipfli and Samet say educating and empowering women can make a big difference is protecting children and non-smoking adults from the deadly effects of secondhand smoke. "Few sources of indoor air pollution can be completely eliminated.   However, smoking indoors can be eliminated," they say.


soundoff (2,463 Responses)
  1. RV Repair Around Me

    This page really has all of the info I needed about this subject and didnít know who to ask.

    http://home4dsi.com/chat/redirect.php?url=https://ocrvcenter.com/

    June 24, 2021 at 14:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. RV Repair Places Near Me

    An impressive share! I've just forwarded this onto a friend who was conducting a little research on this. And he actually ordered me dinner because I stumbled upon it for him... lol. So let me reword this.... Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to talk about this issue here on your website.

    https://webpoint.usfieldhockey.com/wp15/Email/CT.wp?cx=xa_mzx__x__x__tyx__ccdrvi&pz=zqppccfccvx__i&tgt=https://ocrvcenter.com/

    June 24, 2021 at 15:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. RV Repair Around Me

    https://www.nbmain.com/NetBooking.Reservations.Server.Servlets.Availability.SiteAvailabilityMainR?innkey=mcdaniel&bg=&formname=rdetail&s=BookMark&backpage=http://ocrvcenter.com&ikback=&pcode=&ik=0&months=3&month=March&day=1&year=2022

    June 24, 2021 at 16:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Nearby RV Repairs

    http://ms1.caps.ntct.edu.tw/school/netlink/hits.php?url=https://ocrvcenter.com/

    June 24, 2021 at 16:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. rv generator repair

    http://www.cheshi.com/go.php?proid=218&clickid=1393306648&url=https://ocrvcenter.com/

    June 24, 2021 at 16:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. RV Repair Shops Near My Location

    http://tracking.crealytics.com/32/tracker.php?aid=Cld-ad&url=http://ocrvcenter.com/

    June 24, 2021 at 17:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. RV Repair Shops Near Me Now

    https://aforz.biz/search/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=11079&url=ocrvcenter.com

    June 24, 2021 at 17:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. auto paint shop orange county

    You're so cool! I don't believe I've read something like this before. So good to discover somebody with some original thoughts on this subject. Seriously.. many thanks for starting this up. This web site is one thing that is needed on the internet, someone with a bit of originality!

    https://consultaca.com/redir/?ca=12115&url=https://ocrvcenter.com/

    June 24, 2021 at 17:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. rv for sale in orange county

    Very good post. I'm going through some of these issues as well..

    https://startgames.ws/myspace.php?url=ocrvcenter.com

    June 24, 2021 at 18:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Best RV Repair Shop Near Me

    Good site you've got here.. Itís difficult to find good quality writing like yours these days. I truly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

    https://www.kultur-bad-vilbel.de/goto/?u=ocrvcenter.com/

    June 24, 2021 at 18:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. bus repair shops

    Aw, this was an exceptionally good post. Taking the time and actual effort to generate a superb articleÖ but what can I sayÖ I put things off a whole lot and never manage to get anything done.

    https://eagledigitizing.com/blog/function/c_error.asp?errorid=38&number=0&description=&source=&sourceurl=https://www.ocrvcenter.com

    June 24, 2021 at 18:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Camper Repair Near Me

    Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thank you so much, However I am experiencing troubles with your RSS. I donít understand why I can't join it. Is there anybody getting similar RSS problems? Anyone that knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanks!!

    http://www.snewsonline.com/bc.php?linkext=www.ocrvcenter.com/

    June 24, 2021 at 19:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Camper Repair Near Me

    https://www.music-style.info/music-style/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=9502&url=ocrvcenter.com

    June 24, 2021 at 19:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. RV And Camper Repair Near Me

    https://www.mfitness.ru/bitrix/rk.php?goto=http://ocrvcenter.com

    June 24, 2021 at 19:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. speed shop orange county

    https://www.cqrcengage.com/nma/app/thru?communicationId=582&edrId=452751&url=www.ocrvcenter.com/

    June 24, 2021 at 20:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. rv restore and repair

    After I initially commented I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each time a comment is added I recieve four emails with the exact same comment. Is there an easy method you can remove me from that service? Cheers!

    https://deluxeforbusiness.com/5887/cgi-bin/online/announcer5/linker.php?st=50878&link=www.ocrvcenter.com

    June 24, 2021 at 20:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. RV Camper Repair Near Me

    Good info. Lucky me I came across your blog by chance (stumbleupon). I've book marked it for later!

    https://oltv.cz/redirect.php?url=ocrvcenter.com/

    June 24, 2021 at 20:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. RV Repair And Service Near Me

    http://mymotherlode.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvcenter.com

    June 24, 2021 at 22:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Best RV Repair Shop Near Me

    http://meteorite.lamost.org/modules/links/redirect.php?url=https://ocrvcenter.com

    June 24, 2021 at 23:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. RV And Trailer Repair Near Me

    https://sustech.edu/cgi-bin/koha/tracklinks.pl?uri=//ocrvcenter.com/

    June 24, 2021 at 23:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. blind repair orange county

    http://readwhere.com/user/logout?ru=www.ocrvcenter.com

    June 24, 2021 at 23:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. RV Repair Near Me Now

    https://fuzokubk.com/cgi-bin/LinkO.cgi?u=ocrvcenter.com/

    June 24, 2021 at 23:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. RV Repair California

    I'm more than happy to uncover this website. I wanted to thank you for your time for this particularly fantastic read!! I definitely appreciated every bit of it and i also have you bookmarked to look at new stuff on your web site.

    https://dotekomanie.cz/heureka/?url=http://ocrvcenter.com

    June 24, 2021 at 23:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. báo giá vách ngăn vệ sinh

    Your style is so unique in comparison to other folks I have read stuff from.
    Thank you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this blog.

    June 25, 2021 at 04:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. RV Repair Orange County

    https://www.innovasys.com/download/examplechmzipfile?zipfile=http://ocrvcenter.comholostyak-stb-2021

    June 25, 2021 at 05:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. RV Repair Center Near Me

    https://www.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?key=-1&url_num=2&url=http://ocrvcenter.com/

    June 25, 2021 at 05:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. RV Refrigerator Repair Near Me

    Good post! We are linking to this particularly great post on our website. Keep up the good writing.

    https://www.wihomes.com/property/DeepLink.asp?url=http://ocrvcenter.com/

    June 25, 2021 at 06:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. RV Fridge Repair Near Me

    https://www.loglink.ru/catalog/jump/?card_id=8033&url=ocrvcenter.com

    June 25, 2021 at 07:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. RV Repair Around Me

    http://vinteger.com/scripts/redirect.php?url=ocrvcenter.com/

    June 25, 2021 at 08:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. rv repair

    Having read this I thought it was extremely enlightening. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this content together. I once again find myself personally spending a significant amount of time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!

    http://wlfanduel.adsrv.eacdn.com/wl/clk?btag=a_478b_1014&clurl=http://ocrvcenter.com

    June 25, 2021 at 08:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. RV Repair Near Me

    https://www.contactopyme.gob.mx/guiasempresariales/url_externo.asp?url=ocrvcenter.com

    June 25, 2021 at 08:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Bad Leadership Qualities

    An impressive share! I've just forwarded this onto a coworker who had been conducting a little research on this. And he in fact ordered me dinner simply because I stumbled upon it for him... lol. So let me reword this.... Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending the time to talk about this subject here on your site.

    http://blog.tieonline.com/feedtie/feed2js.php?src=http://backboneleaders.com &num=3&au=y&date=y&utf=y&html=y

    June 25, 2021 at 09:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Leadership Lessons

    https://wfc2.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2c=hdorrh+HcDlQ+zUEnZU5qlfKZ1Cl53X6url=https://backboneleaders.com

    June 25, 2021 at 09:47 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45

Leave a Reply to RV Renovation California


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.