Michigan smoking ban necessary, according to a new report
A new report from the U.S. Surgeon General says even a little tobacco smoke can cause a lot of damage.
The Michigan Department of Community Health is hailing the report as evidence the ban on smoking was necessary, as are investments in tobacco prevention programming, it said in a release Friday.
Occasional smoking or secondhand smoke can cause serious illness because tissue and cellular damage are immediate, according to the report “How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease.” Over time and with repeated exposure, the body’s ability to heal that damage weakens, the report says.
In December, 2009, the Michigan Senate and House passed the Michigan smoking ban that prohibited smoking in bars and restaurants, but not casinos and cigar bars.
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â€¢ There are more than 7,000 chemicals in compounds in tobacco smoke, and of these, hundreds are toxic and at least 70 cause cancer. â€¢ Exposure to smoke decreases the benefits of cancer treatments and chemotherapy. â€¢ Smoking causes more than 85 percent of lung cancers and can cause cancer anywhere in the body. â€¢ One in three cancer deaths in the U.S. is tobacco-related.
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