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HHS HealthBeat (April 15, 2013)

What secondhand can do


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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Nathan has never smoked. He’s among the many who never have and never will, but who are still suffering the consequences of tobacco. Secondhand smoke triggered his asthma attacks, infections, and permanent lung damage.

“Now, I’m so sick, I can’t do much of anything I used to love to do. I don’t referee youth basketball anymore. I don’t run or lift weights. It’s too much for my body to take. Instead, I’m taking breathing treatments or oxygen.”

The Tips from Former Smokers campaign features real people like Nathan who are suffering as a result of smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke.

“Don’t let people tell you that working around secondhand smoke is safe.”

And, if you smoke, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free help.

Learn more at betobaccofree.gov.  

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: April 17, 2013