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What Is Secondhand Smoke?

Speaking Points

Sidestream smoke, a part of secondhand smoke, is the smoke from the burning end of a cigarette

“Involuntary Smoking” was the term used in the 1986 Surgeon General’s Report.1

“Environmental Tobacco Smoke” is the term used in the 1993 Environmental Protection Agency’s Report.  When referring to the inhalation of ETS, the Environmental Protection Agency Report often used the term “passive smoking.”2

1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Involuntary Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General. US DHHS, PHS, CDC, 1986. DHHS Publication No. (CDC) 87-8398

2 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),  Respiratory health effects of passive smoking: lung cancer and other disorders, the report of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Smoking and Tobacco Control Monograph 4,  Bethesda, MD:  National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute (NCI); Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),  August 1993

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