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2017 Letters to the editor stock

Secondhand smoke is when you involuntarily inhale tobacco by smokers. Secondhand smoke causes nearly 34,000 premature deaths from heart disease each year in the United States among nonsmokers.

Children who are affected by secondhand smoke are likely to develop bronchitis or pneumonia. The only way we can stop this is by not smoking and carefully cleaning our houses after smokers are around because if we do not, carcinogens stay behind and can affect our children.

Taylor Dunigan, Valparaiso

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