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Second-hand smoke may not affect people equally to all races, ethnicities

Financial capital, family networks and community resources play a major role as well

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Carolyn Crist | Reuters 

Higher levels of education promote health by helping people avoid many environmental health risks, but this benefit may not extend equally to all races and ethnicities when it comes to second-hand smoke, a US study suggests. Overall, higher education was associated with lower odds of secondhand smoke exposure at work, but the protective effect was smaller for black and Hispanic people, in particular, compared with whites, researchers report in the Journal of Medical Research and Innovation. “Historically, the assumption has been that education is the solution to health disparities, ...

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First Published: Sat, August 31 2019. 23:22 IST