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New Danger: Third-Hand Smoke?

Smoking kills. But you knew that already. So does second-hand smoke. Inhaling a smoker’s exhalations can cause heart disease and cancer.

But now it turns out that just watching other people smoke is dangerous, especially if those other people are movie stars inhaling on the big screen (in their inimitably attractive ways). Researchers reviewing the scientific literature have shown that the more exposure adolescents have to smoking in movies, the more likely they are to try smoking themselves:

New Danger Third Hand Smoke
If people in Hollywood care about kids (beyond getting their money), they’ll stop promoting cigarettes in their movies.

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