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Second Hand Smoke

Secondhand cigarette smoke can cause problems which are similar to direct inhalation. Any smoke which burns from the tip of a cigarette or is exhaled by a smoker is referred to as secondhand smoke. Much of the secondhand smoke that we inhale is odourless and invisible. This makes it especially dangerous for people who choose not to smoke.

There are over 4,000 toxic chemicals found in secondhand smoke. People who choose to smoke in their homes and cars are putting themselves at risk of acquiring severe health complications. Opening a window will not immediately remove secondhand smoke because it takes up to 2 and 1/2 hours to fully dissipate. When you smoke in small places like cars or small rooms, then you are exposing yourself to many more harmful chemicals because they become concentrated in one area.


Effects of Secondhand Smoke


You might not be aware, but people who inhale secondhand smoke are susceptible to the same diseases that regular smokers experience, such as; cancer, heart disease, emphysema and sinus infections. Secondhand smoke is directly responsible for thousands of deaths each year, and children are the ones who suffer the most.

Nearly half of all British children grow up in homes in which one or more parents smoke cigarettes. Children can develop serious health problems more quickly because their bodies are still growing.


Smokefree In Public

Most establishments, such as workplaces and public transit systems are now smokefree. Laws have been passed which bans smoking inside places such as bars, schools, cafe’s, lunch rooms and shopping centres.

Indoor smoking rooms have been banned at work, and most work trucks are now smoke-free as well.