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What does passive smoking mean?

What does passive smoking mean?

It means inhaling the second hand smoke of others around you. Avoid it whenever possible.

breathing other peoples smoke, it is really bad and people have died from it.

PASSIVE smoking means to light up occassionally ~ like when your at a party ~ and then not smoke again I believe until another party ~ You are not smoking 24/7 ~

It means you are lying about how much you smoke. You either do or you don't. One cigarette a day will do the same damage only it will just prolong the deterioration of your health.

Passive is smoke you inhale from others around you. You are not actively inhaling it yourself but you are inhaling the smoke in the air around you. You can actually test positive in a drug screen just from being around others when they are smoking marijuana.

------------- The Largest study on Second Hand Smoke ever done by Enstrom
“No significant associations were found for current or former exposure to environmental tobacco smoke before or after adjusting for seven confounders and before or after excluding participants with pre-existing disease. No significant associations were found during the shorter follow up periods of 1960-5, 1966-72, 1973-85, and 1973-98.”

“Enstrom has defended the accuracy of his study against what he terms ‘illegitimate criticism by those who have attempted to suppress and discredit it.’". (Wikipedia)

------ Court rules that environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is NOT a Class A carcinogen
“There is evidence in the record supporting the accusation that EPA ‘cherry picked’ its data” … “EPA's excluding nearly half of the available studies directly conflicts with EPA's purported purpose for analyzing the epidemiological studies and conflicts with EPA's Risk Assessment Guidelines” (p. 72)

-------- OSHA will NOT regulate something that’s NOT hazardous
“Air contaminants, limits employee exposure to several of the main chemical components found in tobacco smoke. In normal situations, exposures would not exceed these permissible exposure limits (PELs), and, as a matter of prosecutorial discretion, OSHA will not apply the General Duty Clause to ETS.”

Study about health & Smoking Bans – The National Bureau of Economic Research
“Workplace bans are not associated with statistically significant short-term declines in mortality or hospital admissions for myocardial infarction or other diseases.”
“Conclusions: Our results indicate no association between childhood exposure to ETS(environmental tobacco smoke) and lung cancer risk.”

Showtime television, "How the EPA, CDC, Lung Association, and etc." support their claims.

US National Cancer Institute researcher explains the frauds involved in secondhand smoke media reports.

Then the US Surgeon General went over all the studies to date in 2006 again and even though he went on public TV and announced "No safe level", the report itself showed exactly the opposite.
---The evidence is … not sufficient to infer a causal relationship between exposure to secondhand smoke and an increased risk of stroke. (p. 13)
---The evidence is … not sufficient to infer a causal relationship between secondhand smoke exposure from parental smoking and the onset of childhood asthma.(p. 13)
---The evidence is inadequate to infer the presence or absence of a causal relationship between exposure to secondhand smoke during infancy and childhood cancer.(p. 11)

Passive smoking may contribute to lung cancer risk as well as other diseases.

Passive smoking only affects people who are regularly around smokers, over a long-term period. People who can't avoid it (eg. Bar staff) are likely to feel the effects over a number of years. Hence, the banning of smoking in bars is a great idea. Other than as an occupational hazard, 'passive smoking' is bo**ocks. Don't like being in a smokey room? Leave the room. Hate it when all your friends are smoking and you smell bad? Get new friends. I'm a smoker by the way.

Passive smoking (also known as secondhand smoking, involuntary smoking, exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, or ETS exposure) occurs when smoke from one person's burning tobacco product (or the smoker's exhalation) is inhaled by others. Current scientific evidence shows that exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke causes death, disease and disability.

Passive smoking is one of the key issues leading to smoking bans in workplaces and indoor public places, including restaurants.

[edit] Long-term effects
Research has generated scientific evidence that secondhand smoke (i.e. in case of cigarette, a mixture of smoke released from the smoldering end of the cigarette and smoke exhaled by the smoker) causes the same problems as direct smoking, including heart disease,[5] cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, and lung ailments such as COPD, bronchitis and asthma.[6] Specifically, meta-analyses have shown lifelong non-smokers with partners who smoke in the home have a 20-30% greater risk of lung cancer, and those exposed to cigarette smoke in the workplace have an increased risk of 16-19%.[7]

A wide array of negative effects are attributed, in whole or in part, to frequent, long term exposure to second hand smoke. Some of the symptoms which have been or are frequently attributed to second hand smoke include:

Risk of lung cancer
The effect of passive smoking on lung cancer has been extensively studied. Studies from the USA (1986,[8][9] 1992,[10] 1997,[11] 2001,[12] 2003[13]), the UK (1998[14][15]), and Australia (1997[16]), as well as pooled international cohorts (2004[17]) have consistently shown a significant increase in relative risk among those exposed to passive smoke.
Risk of cancer[18]
Reviewing the evidence accumulated on a worldwide basis, the International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded in 2002 that "Involuntary smoking (exposure to secondhand or 'environmental' tobacco smoke) is carcinogenic to humans (Group 1)."[19]
Risk of heart disease[20]
Risk of miscarriage and birth defects[21]
Risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)[22]
Risk of developing asthma, both for children[23] and adults[24][25]
Risk of lung infections[26][27][28][29]
Risk of ear infections[30]
Risk of allergies and death of children[31]
Worsening of asthma, allergies, and other conditions[32]
Risk of learning difficulties,[33] although this may only be in children exposed before birth.[34] Animal models suggest a role for nicotine and carbon monoxide in neurocognitive problems
Although the nature of passive smoking makes study design problematic, meta-analyses from around the world suggest that dangers of passive smoking are significant.

It is estimated that passive smoking kills 53,000 nonsmokers per year, making it the 3rd leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.