Heart disease, cancer, COPD and stroke are just some the consequences of smoking, but they're also the consequences of exposure to secondhand smoke.
Secondhand smoke increases the health risks in anyone exposed to it: It kills more than 41,000 people annually in the United States.
Secondhand smoke contains at least 70 cancer-causing chemicals that affect children and adults. It even effects your pets.
Children are especially at risk. Children who breathe secondhand smoke are predisposed to:
- Asthma, respiratory, lung, and ear infections
- Increased level of illness
- Sudden infant death syndrome in infants and children
- Lower respiratory tract infections
- Childhood asthma flare-ups
- The risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attack, lung cancer, and possibly other cancers, as well as the possibility of depression
Take these three steps to avoid or minimize exposure to secondhand smoke:
- Make your home a smoke-free zone. If you or someone in your family smokes, insist that all smoking take place outside in a designated spot away from other people.
- Make your car a smoke-free zone, too. Rolling down the window will not lessen the effects of secondhand smoke.
- Find a smoke-free daycare or childcare center for your children.
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