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Environmental (Secondhand) Tobacco Smoke

Environmental tobacco smoke contains more than 7000 different chemicals including hundreds that are toxic and 70 which cause cancer in people and animals. Environmental tobacco smoke causes about 150,000-300,000 lower respiratory tract infections each year in children under 18 months of age. It may cause ear infections, serious respiratory symptoms, and respiratory infections including bronchitis and pneumonia, and increase the frequency of severe asthma attacks. It has an immediate effect on the cardiovascular system and increases the risk for heart attacks. It may cause cancer and sudden infant death syndrome. It may result in low birth weight and make the babies and children more frequently sick. Smoke from a single cigarette in a room can be present for hours.

Best Practices for Environmental (Secondhand) Tobacco Smoke

  • • Do not permit smoking in cars.
  • • Do not permit smoking in homes.
  • • Do not permit smoking in day care settings.
  • • Do not allow anyone to smoke around children.
  • • Do not go to restaurants or other facilities that allow smoking.
  • • Teach children the dangers of smoking and to avoid areas where people are smoking.
 
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