Toxicology of Secondhand Smoke (Chapter 2)

The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General

About the Course:

Toxicology of Secondhand Smoke (Chapter 2): The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General reviews the evidence relevant to coherence and includes the mechanisms relevant to the pathogenesis of diseases caused by secondhand smoke. This chapter also sets out a foundation for interpreting the observational evidence that is the focus of most of the following chapters. The discussion that follows details the mechanisms that enable smoke components to injure the respiratory tract and cardiovascular system and to cause nonmalignant and malignant diseases and other adverse effects.

Course materials are from Chapter 2, found on pages 27 to 66 of pdf document (pages 1 to 40 if using Adobe toolbar page finder).

Journal/Publisher:

U.S. Surgeon General

Publication Date:

2008

Author

U.S. Surgeon General

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, and social workers who seek knowledge about the toxicology of secondhand smoke. It is appropriate for intermediate to advanced levels of participants’ knowledge

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain the toxicology of secondhand smoke.

  2. Identify the carcinogenic effects from secondhand smoke exposure.

  3. Examine the mechanisms of respiratory tract injury caused by secondhand smoke exposure.

  4. Describe the mechanisms of secondhand smoke exposure and heart disease.

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