This is no surprise, but having the Surgeon General state it so clearly may make a difference:
“The science is clear: Secondhand smoke is not a mere annoyance but a serious health hazard,” said Richard Carmona.
There is no safe level of secondhand smoke — even a few minutes inhaling someone else’s smoke harms nonsmokers, he found. And separate smoking sections, even the best ventilated ones, don’t protect enough. Carmona called for completely smoke-free buildings and public places to lessen what he termed “involuntary smoking.
This is bound to have an impact on legislation to ban cigarettes in public and in work places. Children would remain at risk should their parents continue to smoke in the home. Just last week a major study was released on the dangers to children from exposure to cigarette smoke.