The Dangers Of Smoking Tobacco

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Executive Summary
The dangers of smoking tobacco exceeds far beyond the individual using the tobacco product. Secondhand Smoke (SHS) is a dangerous byproduct of smoking that affects anyone who comes into contact with the smoke. Educating the community about the dangers and unintended consequences of being around cigarettes is a focus of this paper, as well as looking into the effectiveness of current smoke-free policies.
There are businesses and cities that are becoming smoke-free, and they are putting policies into place that legally protect the non-smokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke via involuntary smoking.
Involving stakeholders in this policy change is vital to actually incorporating change within the community. Legislators, the business community, health departments, schools, hospitals, and community residents would all have very good opinions for both sides of this issue. Problem Statement
Are smoke-free policies effectively protecting the general public?
Background
Secondhand smoke (SHS) is smoke that is exhaled by people smoking, or from the burning tobacco product themselves. SHS is also known as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). According to the American Cancer Society (2015), secondhand smoke is a mixture of 2 forms of smoke that come from burning tobacco: sidestream smoke and mainstream smoke. Sidestream smoke is the smoke that is from the lighted end of the cigarette, cigar, or pipe. Mainstream smoke is the smoke that is exhaled by the
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