Date: Thursday 27, 2010
Organisation: World Health Organization
Keywords: secondhand smoke lung health children adults respiratory illness
Secondhand smoke: Assessing the burden of disease at national and local levels
This guide describes how to estimate the burden of disease caused by exposure to SHS on a national or local level. It summarizes the evidence linking SHS exposure to health, and the methods for estimating health impacts on a population basis. This is done in a practical step-by-step approach that can be adapted to local circumstances. The generated information can raise awareness and support decision-making on measures to protect the population from SHS.
This guide is one in a series that describes how to estimate the burden of disease caused by environmental and occupational risk factors. An introductory volume to the series outlines the general method; subsequent volumes address methods for specific risk factors, such as outdoor air pollution, occupational noise or exposure to mercury.