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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
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 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.
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.
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
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