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.
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