How Worried Should I Be About Secondhand Smoke?
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What levels of secondhand smoke are considered dangerous?
That depends on the individual. It is difficult to say that there is a safe level, that [there is a safe number of cigarettes]. That is impossible to identify for any individual.
How can pregnant moms and young children avoid secondhand smoke?
While there are restrictions on smoking in public places and restaurants and bars and outside hospitals and other public sites, the household exposure is very important. We suggest that family members who smoke make every effort to quit smoking or to take it outside and not to bring that smoke into the home. To ask people to not smoke in the presence of children and pregnant women is a reasonable thing to do.
Do you think there should be stricter regulations on smoking?
I’m not sure of the status of all the regulations in the country, but I know great strides have been made in NYC on removing smoking from public places and that is a definite step forward. People at all life stages are going to benefit from the reduction of smoking and hopefully the elimination of secondhand smoke.