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Secondhand Smoke Exposure Among Middle and High School Students—Texas, 2001

February 28, 2003 / Vol. 52 / No. 7

MMWR Highlights

Data specific to Secondhand Smoke Exposure (SHS) exposure in Texas:

  • Overall, 73% of students who had ever used any tobacco product reported SHS exposure, compared with 39.5% of youth who never used any tobacco product.
  • Over 90% of students with social sources of SHS exposure (i.e., lived with a cigarette smoker and had at least one close friend who smokes) reported SHS exposure compared to 30% of students without any social sources of SHS exposure.
  • Efforts that reduce SHS exposure in public places and at home are needed to decrease youth SHS exposure.
  • Effective strategies to reduce SHS exposure include 1) community policies, such as smoking bans and restrictions that limit SHS exposure; 2) interventions to decrease youth tobacco initiation; and 3) interventions to promote tobacco-use cessation among youth and adults.
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