50,000 Americans each year are killed by secondhand smoking

Dec 20, 2010

Thousands of Americans are killed each year from passive smoking.

Researchers from the World Health Organization declared secondhand smoke kills roughly 600,000 people worldwide annually, and 50,000 Americans make up that populous, according to Foodconsumer.org.

Out of the 600,000 people who die yearly from secondhand smoke, the eventual diseases they acquire include heart disease, lower respiratory infections, asthma and lung cancer, according to the report. Medical experts say the majority of Americans fatally impacted from passive smoking die from heart disease, says the report.

Dr. Rebecca Schane and Dr. Stanton Glantz of the University of California, said the effects of secondhand smoke on numerous pathophysiological mediators of coronary artery disease are as “detrimental” as active smoking, according to the report.

The report cites statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which noted that 438,000 people in the U.S. died prematurely from smoking cigarettes and exposure to tobacco smoke “annually” during 1997 to 2001.

In addition to not smoking, providing one’s self with a consistent healthy lifestyle full of exercise and dieting may prevent disease and will allow people to possibly realize lower life insurance premiums, experts say. 

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