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The Facts

Second-Hand Smoke
  • Second-hand smoke is the smoke blown into the air by a smoker and the smoke that drifts into the air from the burning end of a cigarette.
  • Going into another room, using a fan or opening a window will not protect you from second-hand smoke.
  • Second hand smoke causes lung cancer and heart disease in adults.
  • Babies exposed to second-hand smoke are at a higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • There are more than 7000 chemicals in second-hand smoke and more than 69 of these cause cancer.

There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke.

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You can make a difference.  Here’s how:

  • If you smoke, try to quit.
  • Do not smoke around your family, friends or pets.
  • Make your car and home smoke-free.  Encourage your family and friends to do the same.
  • Support your friends and family in their attempts to quit.

Click here for more information on smoke free homes.

For more information about the issues surrounding tobacco, go to Tobacco Behind the Smoke.