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Pick your numbers out and how many Americans will die from smoking without ever smoking themselves.
According to the study from the University of California at San Francisco secondhand smoke kills more than 42000.
People in the United States each year.
That includes some 900.
The researchers say that African Americans are especially at risk particularly African American infants.
The study indicates it all adds up to more than six and a half billion dollars in lost productivity.
Still it seems many smokers just don't buy it a Gallup poll over the summer showed just about one in four smokers -- secondhand smoke.
Is very harmful to adults just one and four compare that to 63% of nonsmokers.
Who say it's very harmful.
Joining us now doctor Arthur Caplan he's the director of the division of medical ethics at NYU's lingo and medical center these are big numbers big number.
And you know that tragedy ship is people don't think clearly about this if you're an infant doesn't make a whole lot of smoke to making six secondhand smoke.
Particularly bad for being -- if you have asthma.
You have some kinda CO PD chronic lung disease and so on.
You're really high risk and if you look at a place a lot of air pollution imagine the combination of LA smog.
Cigarette smoke in the house this is bad news secondhand smoke is not a good thing you wonder what this leads to.
Mean you -- take more regulations are on the way.
Well right -- -- -- would favor a little bit more that I think that if you.
Had a -- -- government might be able to step in there and put on the cigarette packs secondhand smoke can hurt you.
-- and I wouldn't mind seems more gruesome pictures of what that cancer looks like that's attributable to this.
I think it'd be tough on this as we're talking you know about people who aren't taking that risk they're not assuming the danger they're just it's bystanders -- -- -- defenseless kids.
And there's another study out if that weren't enough another -- to worry about where experts now say that.
Warning about second hand television in essence but the fact that they they say even when kids aren't sitting there glued to the television.
The television may be on in the background and that's causing them problems -- to TV on the room that somebody else is watching.
That the new studies from the journal pediatrics.
And those who conducted it found that American kids are exposed about four hours per day of background television.
-- this show except.
It that they didn't visit the among among poor families is nearly six hours today.
And according to the reporting in this study it can affect attention span and cognitive performance.
Among other things that.
So at this time around you to leave the TV on background there radio that it will still stay Internet -- -- -- -- get an exercise you're just keeping it on.
Sort of for a distraction and it winds up if you will.
-- hate to say that the show except.
About depressing shall we say the intellectual function of a kid if he's watching soaps or something like that all -- -- so clearly we got to educate parents.
If you want to.
Spend time in the house and get -- kids -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- execute -- little -- -- -- just use the but I TV is the pacifier for that.
Hit it I guess that is the biggest reason for that is there's no -- active work with that televise -- one way and it's just background stuff I'm pretty convinced that for some people -- turn it on it runs there have been watching that this is kind of believes that somewhat distracting in the background but the kid.
This -- they're getting werder you know kind of just getting home watching whatever it is that they left not good for kids.
I am that we just feel it -- -- -- And it'll just play -- I don't pay that much attention until somebody says the word giants or rebels and then and then not and then there I am I'm -- up and it's so I can imagine up pretty well they're saying we're jets allowed in.
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Philadelphia -- that I.
In general I think what you -- to do he competes in the parents look.
You know after death you can have this stuff on the -- and that's what they produce and an interactive with the kids don't deepen their five errors where you're doing the aaron's doing the dishes -- -- -- in the house.
They're just kind of nodding off to whatever is sort of in the background and doctor Arthur Kaplan never even thought about them.
Well at some transport you to think that everything will be harmful for.
-- to thank you thank you.
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