Did you know…
- Secondhand smoke is a complex mixture of gases and particles that includes smoke from the burning cigarette, cigar, or pipe tip (sidestream smoke) and exhaled mainstream smoke.
- Secondhand smoke contains at least 250 chemicals known to be toxic, including more than 50 that can cause cancer.
- Secondhand smoke exposure causes heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults.
- Breathing secondhand smoke has immediate harmful effects on the cardiovascular system that can increase the risk of heart attack. People who already have heart disease are at especially high risk.
- Secondhand smoke exposure causes respiratory symptoms in children and slows their lung growth.
- Secondhand smoke causes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, and more frequent and severe asthma attacks in children.
- There is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure. Even brief exposure can be dangerous.
*the above facts were taken from the Centers for Disease Control website
Fact Sheets on Secondhand Smoke
- What’s In Secondhand Smoke? [PDF]
- The Science of Secondhand Smoke [PDF]
- How Secondhand Smoke Affects Children [PDF]
- Workers Are Exposed [PDF]
Health Impacts of Smoke-Free Policy
- Heart Attacks and Secondhand Smoke (Helena, MT & Pueblo, CO Studies) [PDF]
- The Impact of a Smoke-Free Ordinance on the Health and Attitudes of Bartenders in Madison and Appleton, WI [PDF]
Smoke-Free and the Economy
- Economic Impact Overview [PDF]
- 89% of Restaurant Customers Want Smoke-Free Air [PDF]
- Restaurant and Bar Owners Support Smoke-Free Air [PDF]
- Smoke Costs Businesses Money [PDF]
- Additional Economic Impact Information [PDF]