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If I smoke, will second-hand smoke affect my family’s health?

If you don’t do it for yourself, quit smoking for your family’s health. Every year, 50,000 people die from exposure to second-hand smoke, according to the American Lung Association. Second-hand smoke contains hundreds of chemicals known to cause cancer. It can also raise a nonsmoker’s risk of a heart attack. And according to the Surgeon General’s Report on second-hand smoke in 2006, there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke. If you aren’t ready to quit, you can still take steps to minimize the exposure of your loved ones and others to the dangers of second-hand smoke by taking care not to smoke around nonsmokers.

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