Secondhand smoke is dangerous to others because it contains more than 4,000 substances, several of which cause cancer in humans and animals.
There are two types of secondhand smoke. The first type of smoke is called mainstream smoke, which is the smoke that a smoker exhales. The second type of smoke is called sidestream smoke, the smoke that comes directly from the burning tobacco product such as a cigarette, pipe, or cigar. Secondhand smoke is also called involuntary or passive smoking, as well as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS).
Children are most susceptible to secondhand smoke because they are continuously growing, and effects of secondhand smoke include impairments in learning and cognition, and even death.
What are some toxins found in secondhand smoke?
What are some health effects of secondhand smoke?
What are some health risks of secondhand smoke for children?
Where is secondhand smoke a problem?
Secondhand smoke is a problem at the workplace. Secondhand smoke can be inhaled outside, and ventilation systems do not prevent secondhand smoke. Therefore, having smoke-free workplace policies are the only way to eliminate secondhand smoke exposure at work.
Exposure to secondhand smoke also occurs in public places. These places include shopping centers, restaurants, on public transportation, or schools. Public places where children go are a special area of concern, and thus limiting yourself to areas where secondhand smoke could be inhaled is the best solution.
You can also be exposed to secondhand smoke at home. People spend a large chunk of their time at home, and having a smoke-free home protects your family, guests, and pets.
Finally, secondhand smoke occurs in cars.
How can secondhand smoke be avoided?