Berkeley Campaign to Reduce Effects of Second-Hand Smoke

Berkeley Health officials have launched a program to decrease the number of citizens that smoke in their homes in an effort to address the effects of tobacco-related diseases. The campaign couples high school peer educators, billboards, and educational means to reach children. Currently, second-hand smoke, a primary asthma trigger, is the third leading cause of death in the nation. Significant disparities between Blacks and Whites were found in a study that examined tobacco-related diseases. Black children under age 15 were five times as likely as their white peers to be hospitalized for asthma.

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