In Brief: Secondhand smoke and the brain

Published: September, 2011

A federally funded study has found that inhaling secondhand smoke affects the brain in much the same way as smoking a cigarette does.

We've long known that people who smoke cigarettes put more than their own health at jeopardy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that secondhand smoke kills about 50,000 Americans each year.

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