More children are exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes

11/17/2011 | Daily News (Los Angeles)

Tobacco smoke particles can leak into the apartment units of nonsmokers via air ducts, doorways and electrical fissures, putting children at risk of secondhand smoke exposure, according to a study presented to coincide with the Great American Smokeout on Thursday. A bill signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown in September is expected to expand the availability of smoke-free housing in the state, but health officials said more protections are needed. Smoke-free bans don't protect children from secondhand smoke in the places where they live, eat and sleep, Dr. Jonathan Winickoff, a professor and AAP member said.

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