Second Hand Smoke

What is Secondhand smoke?

Second smoke is the smoke breathed out by smokers and the smoke from the burning end of a cigarette, cigar or pipe.  The smoke from the burning end of a cigarette has many harmful chemicals.

Secondhand smoke is also called environmental tobacco smoke (ETS); exposure to secondhand smoke is called involuntary smoking or passive smoke.

Why should you worry about secondhand smoke?

  • Secondhand Smoke causes about 3,000 deaths each year from lung cancer in people who don´t smoke.
  • Secondhand Smoke causes irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat.
  • Secondhand Smoke can also irritate the lungs, leading to coughing, excessive phlegm and chest discomfort.
  • Secondhand Smoke has been linked with the onset of chest pain may affect the heart, according to some studies.

Secondhand Smoke especially hurts Children!

  • Children who breathe Secondhand Smoke are more likely to suffer from pneumonia, bronchitis, and other lung diseases.
  • Children who breathe Secondhand Smoke have more inner infections
  • Children who breathe Secondhand Smoke are more likely to develop asthma
  • Children who have asthma and who breathe Secondhand Smoke have more asthma attacks
  • There are an estimated 150,000 to 300,000 case every year of infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia in infants and children under 18 months of  age who breathe Secondhand Smoke.  These result in 7,500 to 15,000 hospitalizations.

from "Protecting yourself & your family from ... Secondhand Smoke" by the American Lung Association