What You Should Know About Second Hand Smoke

Did you know that secondhand smoke can cause health dangers to you and your family?

Secondhand smoke can lead to many health problems and can cause illnesses like lung problems and asthma (smokefree.gov). The smoke from a lit cigarette that is exhaled contains over 7,000 chemicals.  70 of those chemicals are known to cause cancer (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). If you are a non-smoker, being around people who smoke or in areas where smoke is present is also dangerous. “Breathing secondhand smoke for even a short time can hurt your body” (Smokefree.gov).

Breathing in secondhand smoke can cause:

  1. Pregnant women to have babies with low birth weights
  2. Breathing problems such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
  3. More frequent and severe asthma attacks in children who already have asthma.

Protect your loved ones from the dangers of secondhand smoke by making the decision to BREATHE smoke-free every day! Try limiting your contact to secondhand smoke by keeping your home or apartment smoke-free. Also, don’t allow anyone to smoke inside of your car. The “Smoke-free Cars with Minors” law prohibits smoking in vehicles when a minor (17 years and under) is present. Breaking this law can cost you a fine of up to $100. Likewise, don’t go to places that aren’t smoke-free. These tips will help to reduce the amount of secondhand smoke your family breathes in, help you to remain smoke-free, and lower the chances of your child becoming an adult who smokes.

For more information on second hand smoke, please click here.

For more information on keeping you apartment or home smoke-free, please click here.

For more resources, support and tips on being smoke-free, please click here.

Sources:

https://teen.smokefree.gov/secondhandSmoke.aspx

http://myhealthoc.org/breathe/

http://myhealthoc.org/breathe/smoke-free-homes/

https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/secondhand_smoke/general_facts/index.htm

 

 

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