World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2010
Second-hand smoke is particularly worrisome for women
- In many countries, vastly more men smoke than women, and many of those countries fail to protect nonsmokers adequately.
- In many countries, women are powerless to protect themselves, and their children, from second-hand smoke.
- In China – where the vast majority of adult smokers are men – more than half of women of reproductive age are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke, which puts themselves and their unborn babies at risk.