New York City has some of the toughest anti-smoking laws in the country, banning people from lighting up at work and many public places. Although the laws have helped clear the air, a new study from the cityâ€™s health department suggests theyâ€™re not enough to protect non-smokers from cancer-causing clouds. The study found 57 percent of non-smoking New Yorkers tested positive for cotinine, a non-harmful nicotine byproduct indicative of secondhand smoke exposure, significantly higher than the 45 percent national average.
â€œItâ€™s not clear why New Yorkers experience more exposure, despite the cityâ€™s relatively low smoking rate. It may be that living and working in close quarters with one another puts us at higher risk,â€ explained Jennifer Ellis, the lead author of the study and a former health department epidemiologist. The study did find that non-smoking â€œadults aged 20-39 years, males, and Asiansâ€ were the most affected by secondhand smoke. In semi-related news, researchers have determined that cannabis is a proven cancer killer so fire up your bongs, it’s healthy!
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