When I was a kid, my mom and I always spent Thanksgiving Day at the home of my grandparents in a small town in southeast Michigan. Aunts, uncles, and cousins came too -- including a pair of adult cousins who were chain smokers. Long before the day was over, my eyes were burning and my throat was raw, thanks to the well-distributed cloud of smoke from their cigarettes.
Countless children live with this level of exposure every day; they have no choice, they are passive smokers.
No one talked about the hazards of secondhand smoke much then; now it's well understood. Here's a link to EPA's 1992 report on the public health risk and respiratory health effects of passive smoking:
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