- 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.
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.