Almost 50% of Americans Exposed to Second-Hand Smoke According to New Report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
7/16/2008 10:47:05 AM
HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nymox Pharmaceutical Corporation (NASDAQ: NYMX) offers TobacAlert™, an easy-to-use test for second-hand smoke exposure that requires no special equipment or training and can be used for at home or at the workplace. According to a newly published report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (MMWR July 11, 2008; 57:744-7), despite public smoking bans, second-hand smoke exposure remains an important public health problem. Nearly half of nonsmoking Americans (46.4%) had detectable levels of cotinine, a biochemical marker of second-hand smoke exposure. Children aged 4-11 years had the highest percentage exposure (60.5%), even though only 10.2% of the households had self-reported second-hand smoke exposure at home. The CDC report noted that research has shown that the main source of second-hand smoke exposure for young children is from parental smoking in the home.