It hurts you.
It doesn’t take much.
It doesn’t take long.
When a person smokes near you, you breathe secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is the combination of smoke from the burning end of the cigarette and the smoke breathed out by smokers. When you breathe secondhand smoke, it is like you are smoking.
Here are a few facts that we now know:
- There is no safe amount of secondhand smoke. Breathing even a small amount can be dangerous.
- Second hand smoke causes health disease and lung cancer.
- Breathing secondhand smoke is a known cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Children are also more likely to have lung problems, ear infections, and server asthma from being around smoke.
- Separate “no smoking” sections do not protect you from secondhand smoke. Neither does filtering the air or opening a window.
- Many states and communities passed laws making restaurants and other public places smoke-free. But millions of children and adults still breathe secondhand smoke in their homes, cars, and in some public places.
What can you do?
- Make your home and car smoke-free
- Visit smoke-free restaurants and public places.
- Ask people not to smoke around you and your children.