Secondhand smoke is dangerous to anyone who breathes it in. There is no safe amount of it. Secondhand smoking is a problem that needs to be stopped because it affects the lives of many innocent people. What is secondhand smoke? According to the American Cancer Society, secondhand smoke is defined as, "environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). Secondhand Smoke is a mixture of 2 forms of smoke that come from burning tobacco: Sidestream smoke – smoke from the lighted end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar and Mainstream smoke – the smoke exhaled by a smoker. "(American Cancer Society 2013) When a person inhales the many chemicals given off by various types of tobacco products, they are being exposed to secondhand smoke. (American Cancer Society 2013) Secondhand smoke is classified as a "known human carcinogen”, a cancer causing agent, by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US National Toxicology Program, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization. (Secondhand smoke 2013) “Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemical compounds. More than 250 of these chemicals are known to be harmful, and at least 69 are known to cause cancer.” (Secondhand smoke 2013) Secondhand smoke is known to cause many different diseases that lead to one tragic ending: the grave. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year approximately 443,000 people die from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and 8.6 million more suffer serious illnesses from smoking. (EDITORIAL: Sustained smoking level reason for concern 2013) The amount of people suffering is too many, this statistic needs to be reduced. Not only are smokers affected by secondhand smoke. Many innocent people are suffering every day. Nonsmokers increase their risk of developing lung cancer by 20% to 30% and heart disease by 25% to 30% when they become exposed to secondhand smoke. (Secondhand smoke 2013) "Tobacco use...
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