Passive smoking

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Passive smoking, or second-hand smoking, is the inhaling of tobacco fumes exhaled by other smokers. Fear that it may cause lung cancer is the reason for the smoking ban in many public areas.

The EPA calls environmental tobacco smoke a Group A carcinogen, asserting that it is "responsible for approximately 3,000 lung cancer deaths annually in U.S. nonsmokers."[1] But a federal judge "ruled that the agency's report ignored accepted scientific and statistical practices in making its risk assessment."[2]

Michael Fumento wrote:

  • James Enstrom of UCLA and professor Geoffrey Kabat of the State University of New York, Stony Brook ... reported in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) that their 39-year study of 35,561 Californians who had never smoked showed no "causal relationship between exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and tobacco-related mortality," adding, however "a small effect" can't be ruled out.[3]


  1. "Fact Sheet: Respiratory Health Effects of Passive Smoking"
  2. Michael Fumento investigates: "EPA's Pseudoscience Goes Up in Smoke."
  3. Second-hand Smoke is Harmful to Science