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CDC report finds decline in smokers has stalled

(NBC) - Recently the Centers for Disease Control announced the decline in the smoking rate has stalled in the last four years, and more than half of all children are still being exposed to second hand smoke.

The numbers indicate one in five adults are exposing four in ten non-smokers to second hand smoke.

Looking at children ages 3 to 11, 54 percent have been exposed to second hand smoke and 98 percent of children who live with a smoker were found to have measurable levels of related toxic chemicals.

"It increases the susceptibility to all sorts of respiratory problems, infections, asthma, chronic bronchitis," warned the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's Richard Thurer.

In an attempt to stop teens from ever starting to smoke, the CDC is recommending tobacco use in films be limited to R-rated movies.

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