Secondhand smoke hurts everyone.
What is secondhand smoke?
It’s a combination of things: The smoke burning at the end of a cigarette and the smoke that is exhaled from the mouth of the smoker.
What’s so bad about it?
Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals—many of which cause cancer. When you breathe secondhand smoke, it is just like you are smoking.
Since 1964, 2.5 million nonsmokers have died from exposure to secondhand smoke.
Who am I harming?
- Unborn babies are harmed when their mothers smoke.
- Babies who breathe secondhand smoke could die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Children subjected to secondhand smoke are more likely to have lung problems, ear infections, and severe asthma.
- Adults exposed to secondhand smoke over time can die from cancer and heart disease.
What can I do about it?
- Don’t smoke in your home or car. Take it outside.
- Don’t allow others to smoke in your home or car.
- Don’t allow smoking near your doorways and entrances.
- Teach your kids to stay away from secondhand smoke.