Smoking

Effects of Secondhand Smoke

Dangerous chemicals in secondhand smoke
Dangerous chemicals in secondhand smoke

Hydrogen cyanide — a highly poisonous gas used in chemical weapons and pest control

Benzene — a component of gasoline

Formaldehyde — a chemical used to embalm corpses

Carbon monoxide — a poisonous gas found in car exhaust

 

Statistics on Secondhand Smoke Impact
Statistics on Secondhand Smoke Impact

126 million nonsmoking Americans are exposed to secondhand smoke at home and work.

Secondhand smoke exposure causes nearly 50,000 deaths in adult nonsmokers in the U.S. each year.

 

Cancer
Cancer

Cancer is  a significant problem with secondhand smoke exposure. Lung cancer may be the most talked about effect of secondhand smoke exposure, but the risks of breast cancer, cervical cancer, and other types of cancer are also thought to be higher.

Heart Disease
Heart Disease

Breathing in secondhand smoke is bad for your heart, and research shows that it takes as little as 10 minutes for the smoke to start causing damage. Researchers have found that women who have been exposed to secondhand smoke face a 69% higher risk of heart disease and a 56% higher risk of stroke than those who haven’t been exposed.

Children and Secondhand Smoke
Children and Secondhand Smoke

All of these conditions have been attributed to secondhand smoke exposure in children:

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Increased number of respiratory infections (such as bronchitis and pneumonia)

More severe and frequent asthma attacks

Ear infections

Chronic cough

 

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