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Significant risk associated with smoking in the car

New research suggests just riding in the car with a smoker could pose a significant health risk.

For the study, 14 non-smokers sat in the back seat of a parked car while the driver smoked three cigarettes in an hour. Even with the windows slightly open, the non-smokers showed much higher levels of tobacco-related toxins in their urine than before they got in the car.

Scientists say adults and children with asthma or heart disease could be especially vulnerable to this secondhand smoke.

This study was led by researchers at uc san francisco and published in 'cancer, epidemiology, biomarkers and prevention.'

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