Nonprofit director: Secondhand smoke hits close to home for Oklahoma blacks

Major tobacco companies in recent months have — by federal court order — been admitting some startling truths through selected print, broadcast and social media outlets. The last of five series of “corrective statements” comes out this month, and its theme of secondhand smoke hits close to home for many African-Americans in Oklahoma.

Hundreds of Oklahomans die each year from diseases attributed to secondhand smoke, which contains about 7,000 chemicals including at least 70 that can cause cancer. Research shows that a higher percentage of African-American families in Oklahoma, including those with vulnerable children, are being exposed to toxic secondhand smoke.

More than one in five black residents allows smoking in their homes, compared…

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