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IARC Declares Second Hand Smoke Carcinogenic

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IARC Monographs Programme Declares Second-Hand Smoke Carcinogenic to Humans

A scientific working group of 29 experts from 12 countries convened by the Monographs Programme of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization, Lyon, France, has reviewed all significant published evidence related to tobacco smoking and cancer, both active and involuntary. While its conclusions unsurprisingly confirmed the cancer-causing effects of active smoking, which an earlier working group had considered back in 1986, it now concluded its evaluation of the carcinogenic risks associated with involuntary smoking, with second-hand smoke also classified as carcinogenic to humans.


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