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the underestimated cancer risk factor

(Part of PrEvCan – the EONS cancer prevention campaign)

by Michaela Popelkova

It’s not a secret that smoking is a significant risk factor causing cancer. Cigarettes, waterpipes and e-cigarettes all increase the cancer burden. If you are talking with patients who are smokers about cessation possibilities, they often refuse saying that it’s only their health at stake. However, that’s not necessarily true. Smoking can also affect non-smokers. Second-hand smoking, passive smoking, involuntary smoking – all these terms describe tobacco smoke pollution or environmental tobacco smoke emitted from the burning end of smoked tobacco products. It is proven that inhalation of second-hand smoke by non-smokers causes premature death and several diseases. So, smoking cessation is not only in the active smoker’s best interest.
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