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The U.S. Surgeon General has named smoking "Public Health Enemy #1" in light of its role as the leading cause of premature death and disability in our country. Research has shown that nonsmokers with chronic heart or lung disease can-experience severe distress when exposed to sufficient concentrations of secondhand smoke. Many allergic individuals and even the majority of healthy nonsmoker’s report discomfort when exposed to secondhand smoke on the job. Furthermore, recent medical studies indicate that long-term exposure to involuntary smoking may increase nonsmokers, risks of developing severe lung disease. 

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