CDC says millions of Americans still affected by secondhand smoke


(WTHR) — There's a new report out showing millions of Americans are still affected by secondhand smoke.

The CDC says approximately 58 million non-smokers are exposed to it.

The ones who are most at risk for second-hand smoke are children along with those living in poverty and rental housing.

Twenty-seven states and Washington D.C. have smoke-free laws but enforcing such laws has slowed down in recent years.

"The good news is that we know what works when it comes to protecting people from secondhand smoke and we just need to implement those policies," said Dr. Brian King with the CDC Office on Smoking and Health.

Some of those possible health problems caused by secondhand smoke in adults include increased risk of lung cancer, stroke and heart disease.

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