Secondhand smoke is the smoke that comes from the burning end of a cigarette, cigar or pipe. Secondhand smoke can make you and your children sick.
Secondhand Smoke is Dangerous
Everyone knows that smoking is bad for smokers, but did you know:
- Breathing in someone else's cigarette, pipe or cigar smoke can make you and your children sick.
- Children who live in homes where people smoke may get sick more often with coughs, wheezing, ear infections, bronchitis or pneumonia.
- Children with asthma may have asthma attacks that are more severe or occur more often.
- Opening windows or using fans or air conditioners will not stop secondhand smoke exposure.
- The U.S. Surgeon General says that secondhand smoke can cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as SIDS.
- Secondhand smoke also can cause lung cancer and heart disease.
Protect Your Family
- Make your car and home smoke-free.
- Family, friends or visitors should never smoke inside your home or car.
- Keep yourself and your children away from places where smoking is allowed.
- If you smoke, smoke only outside.
- Ask your doctor for ways to help you stop smoking.
Keeping a smoke-free home and car can help improve your health, the health of your children and the health of your community. Read more from the Environmental Protection Agency. You may also be interested in our pages on Smoking and Quit Smoking.