Dangers of Secondhand Smoking

Even if a person does not smoke, the act of breathing in someone else’s smoke can be deadly. Secondhand smoke causes about 3,000 deaths from lung cancer and tens of thousands of deaths from heart disease to nonsmoking adults in the United States each year. Secondhand smoke can be especially harmful to your children’s health because their lungs still are developing. Even children whose parents smoke only outside are still being exposed to the chemicals in secondhand smoke. The best way to eliminate this exposure is to quit. For more information on the dangers of secondhand smoke to children please visit https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/tobacco/Pages/Dangers-of-Secondhand-Smoke.aspx