Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand Smoke

What is it, and why is it so dangerous for children?

Secondhand smoke is the combination of the smoke released from the

burning end of a cigarette, cigar or pipe, and the smoke exhaled by the

person who is smoking.

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Secondhand Smoke and vehicles: What you need to know.

Smoking in a small space, like a car, produces dangerous levels of secondhand smoke (containing

nicotine and other harmful chemicals) in a short amount of time.

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Eight Things You Should Know

About Secondhand Smoke

  • One of every 8 people that dies of a tobacco related

    illness is a non-smoker.

  • Smoke from the burning end of a cigarette contains over

    4,000 chemicals, 40 of them are known to cause cancer.

  • Children exposed to secondhand smoke (SHS) have an

    increased risk of developing respiratory tract infections,

    ear infections and asthma.

  • On average, children in NH make 1,737 Emergency

    Department visits for asthma related symptoms and 12,523

    visits for respiratory tract infections annually.

  • In NH about ½ of Middle School and ¾ of High

    School students surveyed, report exposure to SHS.

  • Smoking in a small space, like a car, produces dangerous

    levels of secondhand smoke in a short amount of time.

    Having an open window or running the air conditioner does

    not clear the air.

  • Tobacco smoke leaves behind solid particles on furniture,

    drapes and carpets. You can keep your children and pets

    safe from these particles by smoking outside.

  • Even if you smoke, you can protect those around you from

    secondhand smoke.

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