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Nonsmokers face a variety of serious risks from exposure to other people's tobacco smoke. According to the Centers for Disease Control, secondhand smoke:
-- Causes 3,000 deaths from lung cancer and 62,000 heart disease deaths in U.S. nonsmokers each year
-- Causes serious respiratory problems in children, including increasing the frequency and severity of asthma attacks
-- Increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome and middle-ear infections in children
-- Represents a common, severe public-health hazard that can be entirely prevented by adopting and enforcing tough antismoking regulations
Data: Centers for Disease Control