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Environmental Tobacco SmokeEnvironmental tobacco smoke (ETS) or second-hand smoke includes both smoke that is exhaled by a smoker and smoke that comes directly off the end of a cigarette as it burns. Environmental tobacco smoke contains numerous chemicals, many of which are poisons and known carcinogens. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classifies ETS as a Group A carcinogen, a rating reserved for substances proven to cause cancer in humans. In addition, ETS affects other health conditions such as asthma. In fact, ETS not only stimulates asthma attacks in people with asthma, but also may cause the development of asthma in nonasthmatics.
To reduce exposure to ETS:
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