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"Passive' exposure to cigarette smoke is clearly harmful,according to a report issued by the U.S. Surgeon General last month. Saying exposure to ambient cigarette smoke can cause disease, including lung cancer, in nonsmokers and harm the lungs of smokers' children, the report echoes a message issued earlier by the National Research Council (SN: 11/22/86, p. 325).

The Energy Department has shut down its plutonium-producingN reactor in Hanford, Wash., while safety modifications are made. The changes, including an upgraded emergency cooling system and hydrogen-gas relief system, were recommended by an independent review committee (SN: 8/16/86, p. 101). This reactor shares several major design features with the Soviet Chernobyl plant.
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Title Annotation:harmful effects of ambient cigarette smoke; nuclear reactor at Hanford, Washington, shut down for safety modifications
Publication:Science News
Date:Jan 10, 1987
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