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Secondhand Smoke

No Exposure to Smoke Is Safe

What is secondhand smoke?
Secondhand smoke is the tobacco smoke exhaled by a smoker or from a burning tobacco product.

Does secondhand smoke affect nonsmokers?
Yes. The U.S. Surgeon General has repeatedly stated that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Children, pregnant women and people suffering from chronic disease are most vulnerable to the effects.

How can secondhand smoke hurt people?
Secondhand smoke exposure can increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), asthma and learning disabilities in children and as little as thirty minutes of exposure to can trigger a heart attack in someone with a pre-existing heart condition.

Where can I find out more about secondhand smoke?
View or download our secondhand smoke factsheet or rack card.

Learn More About Secondhand Smoke

2010 Surgeon General’s Report – How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease
2006 Surgeon General Report – The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- Secondhand Smoke
Stanford Outdoor Secondhand Smoke Study