Dangers of Second-hand Smoke
Why Second-hand Smoke is a Problem
- Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemical compounds. More than 250 of these chemicals are known to be harmful. 69 of those chemicals are also known to cause cancer.
- The International Agency on Research on Cancer did a study in 2009 and found that women that smoked before and during pregnancy were more likely to have a child with hepatoblastoma.
- After exposure to second-hand smoke for 2 hours, you can increase your chance of irregular heartbeat and can trigger at fatal caradiac event or heart attack
Infants and Children
Infants or children who are exposed to second-hand smoke for a long period of time can develop these following conditions.
- Asthma and Chronic coughing
- SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)
- Frequent colds and respiratory infections
- Slow or incomplete growth or development
How To Avoid Second-hand Smoke
- Open windows or turn on fans.
- Ask visitors in your home to smoke outside.
- When they smoke outside ask them to wear a sweatshirt or coat to prevent the toxins from being carried.
- Request a non-smoking room when staying in a hotel.