There is no safe level of exposure to passive smoking; even brief exposure can cause immediate harm. By inhaling smoke, non-smokers are exposed to the same chemicals as smokers, such as nicotine and carbon monoxide. 

Health problems caused by secondhand smoke in adults include coronary heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer, as well as adverse reproductive health effects in women. Furthermore, passive smoking can cause sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), respiratory infections, ear infections and asthma attacks in infants and children.

More than seven thousand chemicals have been identified in cigarette smoke. 250 are considered dangerous, with 69 of them being carcinogenic. Thus, passive smoking can cause cancer.

Lung cancer and Passive smoking

Living with a smoker and breathing in their smoke can increase the risk of developing lung cancer by 20% to 30%.

Heart disease

Smoke inhalation can damage the cardiovascular system and increase the chances of a heart attack, especially in those who already have heart disease. Non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke are 25-30% more likely to develop heart disease.

Consequences of Passive Smoking for children

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It has been observed that children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to develop ear infections and fluid build-up in their ears. As for children with asthma, even the slightest exposure to secondhand smoke can trigger an asthma attack.

It’s time to quit smoking so that you and your loved ones may benefit!