Secondhand Smoke

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Secondhand Smoke

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Secondhand smoke is the tobacco smoke exhaled by a person who is smoking or is given off by a burning tobacco product, and is inhaled involuntarily or passively by someone who is not smoking. Secondhand smoke contains thousands of chemicals. At least 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer. Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke increase their risk of developing lung cancer by 20-30%. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at a higher risk of health issues, including: sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, learning disabilities, behavioral problems and more severe asthma. Pets breathe secondhand smoke and, as with humans, exposure is known to cause cancer and illness. Like smoking, the more secondhand smoke you breathe, the more at risk you become to lung cancer. There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure.*

*Breathe Easy Maine