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

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


The February 28, 2003, issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) contains a report entitled, "Secondhand Smoke Exposure Among Middle and High School Students—Texas, 2001.”

The report indicates that despite its known health hazards, secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure among Texas youth is common. Based on results from the Texas Youth Tobacco Survey (TYTS), the study found that half of Texas middle school and two-thirds of high school students reported SHS exposure within seven days before the survey. The findings of the report emphasize the need for increased efforts to implement strategies to reduce SHS exposure among youth and prevent the negative health effects of SHS exposure.

 
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