Educating Patients About the Dangers of Secondhand Smoke
When educating patients about the dangers of smoking, it’s important they understand the health impacts not just on themselves, but on everyone. In fact, secondhand smoke exposure contributes to approximately 41,000 deaths among nonsmoking adults and 400 deaths in infants each year.*
People who take the initiative to seek help for tobacco use might also be interested in making their hard work even more meaningful. Speak with them about creating a smoke-free environment in their homes, as well as supporting policies to reduce secondhand smoke in their communities.
Implementing smoke- and tobacco-free policy has been shown to be effective in:**
- Reducing exposure to secondhand smoke
- Reducing the prevalence of tobacco use
- Increasing the number of tobacco users who quit
- Reducing initiation of tobacco use among young people
- Reducing tobacco-related morbidity and mortality
Urge your patients to visit Breathe Easy Maine and take the pledge to keep their families and homes healthier by removing secondhand smoke, or to learn how they can help support tobacco-free policies in their communities.
*Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
**Breathe Easy Maine