The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General

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The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General

Description

The 29th report of the Surgeon General examines the toxicology, prevalence, health effects, and control of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke.

This report includes the following information:

  • Introduction, summary, and conclusions
  • Toxicology of secondhand smoke
    • Evidence of carcinogenic effects from secondhand smoke exposure
    • Mechanisms of respiratory tract injury and disease caused by secondhand smoke exposure
    • Mechanisms of secondhand smoke exposure and heart disease
  • Assessment of exposure to secondhand smoke
    • Building designs and operations
    • Atmospheric markers of secondhand smoke
    • Exposure models
    • Biomarkers of exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Prevalence of exposure to secondhand smoke
    • Metrics of secondhand smoke exposure
    • Estimates of exposure
  • Reproductive and developmental effects from exposure to secondhand smoke
    • Conclusions from previous Surgeon General’s report and other relevant reports
    • Critical exposure periods for reproductive and developmental effects
    • Fertility
    • Pregnancy (spontaneous abortion and perinatal death)
    • Infant deaths
    • Sudden infant death syndrome
    • Preterm delivery
    • Low birth weight
    • Congenital malformations
    • Cognitive, behavioral, and physical development
    • Childhood cancer
  • Respiratory effects in children from exposure to secondhand smoke
    • Mechanisms of health effects from secondhand tobacco smoke
    • Methods used to review the evidence
    • Lower respiratory illness in infancy and early childhood
    • Middle ear disease and adenotonsillectomy
    • Respiratory symptoms and prevalent asthma in school-age children
    • Childhood asthma onset
    • Atopy
    • Lung growth and pulmonary function
  • Cancer among adults from exposure to secondhand smoke
    • Lung cancer
    • Other cancer sites
  • Cardiovascular diseases from exposure to secondhand smoke
    • Coronary heart disease
    • Stroke
    • Subclinical vascular disease
    • Evidence synthesis
  • Respiratory effects in adults from exposure to secondhand smoke
    • Odor and irritation
    • Respiratory symptoms
    • Lung function
    • Respiratory diseases
  • Control of secondhand smoke exposure
    • Historical perspective
    • Attitudes and beliefs about secondhand smoke
    • Policy approaches
    • Technical approaches
  • A vision for the future

Developer:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Funding Sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

History

Release Date: 2006
Original Summary: November 2006
Last Updated: 05/09/12

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