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Facts About Second-Hand Smoke

What is second-hand smoke?

Second-hand smoke is the smoke a smoker blows into the air and the smoke that drifts into the air from the burning end of a cigarette.

Why is it dangerous?

How does second-hand smoke harm your health?

In Ontario, second-hand smoke exposure causes 3000 deaths per year. Second-hand smoke causes premature death and disease in adults and children.

In adults, exposure to second-hand smoke can cause:

In adults, exposure to second-hand smoke has been linked to:

How does second-hand smoke harm children?

In children, exposure to second-hand smoke can cause:

In children, exposure to second-hand smoke has been linked to:

Second-hand smoke is one of the major preventable risk factors for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) also known as crib death.


Second-hand smoke harms us all.... ACT NOW!

For more resources and information on second-hand smoke, smoking legislation and quitting smoking contact Durham Health Connection Line at 1-800-841-2729 or 905-666-6241.

References:
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (2005).
Environmental Tobacco Smoke. Position Document.

Kleipeis, N. et al. (May 2007). Real-Time Measurement of Outdoor Tobacco Smoke
Particles
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Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). (Feb. 24 2012). Smoke-Free
Ontario Strategy Update
. Ontario Medical Officers of Health, Tobacco Control
Dialogue.

Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (2001). Protection from second-hand tobacco smoke in Ontario.

US Department of Health and Human Services (2010). How Tobacco Smoke Causes
Disease: A Report of the Surgeon General.