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AHRQ Radio Podcast - Lead Story:  Secondhand Smoke
Wednesday, July 19, 2006 5:00 PM
Lead Story: Secondhand Smoke

New research states that nearly half of all nonsmoking Americans are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work.

Podcast Description:

This audio program features current news and information from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

  • AHRQ's News and Numbers this week reports that more than 13 million admissions to community hospitals in 2003 were for people 65 and older and began in the hospital emergency department.
  • The U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona released the latest report on smoking and health, this time focusing on the dangerous effects of secondhand smoke. In his address, Dr. Carmona said “secondhand smoke is not a mere annoyance. It is a serious health hazard.” The report states that nearly half of all nonsmoking Americans are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work. It also says that nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke increase their risk of developing heart disease by 25 to 30 percent and lung cancer by 20 to 30 percent. Here to explain more about the dangers of secondhand smoke is Dr. Michael Fiore, Professor of Medicine, and Director of the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

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Duration: 11:44 (MM:SS)  File Size: 11 MB
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