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Smoking and Tobacco

Second hand sufferers

11/08/2000

Question:

My husband is a smoker and I know he`ll probably never quit, therefore what can my children and myself do about protecting ourselves in the house, especially in the wintertime when I can`t open the window. He`s of the mind that it`s his house too, so he`ll smoke if he wants to. Would an air purifer help us?

Answer:

Of course, the best intervention would be for your husband to quit smoking, or at least go outside to smoke. I can`t find any good information on the value of air purifiers to reduce the medical effects on nonsmokers, but it`s a reasonable thing to do. Other tips are listed in the web site below.

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Response by:

Jerry   Friemoth, MD Jerry Friemoth, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati