The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke is also called involuntary smoking, passive smoking, and environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). Secondhand smoke takes place in two ways. There is “sidestream” smoke, which comes from the burning end of a cigarette, cigar, or pipe. And there is “mainstream” smoke, which is exhaled by a smoker.

A recent study by the American Heart Association showed that the effects of secondhand smoke can be nearly as significant as active smoking. The risk for coronary heart disease increases by approximately 30 percent for people exposed to secondhand smoke.

Some Interesting Facts About Secondhand Smoke

– Somewhere around 3,000 people who don’t smoke die each year from smoke related lung cancer.

– Secondhand smoke cause discomfort such as eye, nose and throat irritation, coughing and chest discomfort.

– Somewhere around 35,000 people who don’t smoke die each year from smoke related heart disease.

Even More Dangerous For Children

Children are more likely to suffer from pneumonia, and other lung diseases when exposed to secondhand smoke. They are also increase their chances of getting ear infections and asthma. You never smoke around children and especially avoid smoking in homes or cars that children use.

For additional information and details on this topic go to:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/secondhandsmoke.html

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