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Secondhand Smoke

Collage image of four populations that are affected by secondhand smoke

Learn more about the health effects of secondhand smoke and ways to fully protect nonsmokers from harmful exposure. CDC materials highlight such topics as protecting children from exposure to secondhand smoke in the home, and include resources for businesses to help protect their workforce.

How Can We Protect Our Children From Secondhand Smoke


These four brochures contain information on the health dangers of secondhand smoke.

Mother giving child treatment for asthma


The main place young children are exposed to secondhand smoke is at home.



Many U.S. workers continue to be involuntarily exposed to secondhand smoke in workplaces.

Related Materials

Fact Sheets

Surgeon General's Reports

Shareable Media

Secondhand Smoke: Triumphs and Tragedies is a 10-minute video that puts a human face on the issue by telling the stories of six individuals whose health was affected by secondhand smoke and/or who led local efforts to make workplaces and public places smoke free. The video also tells the stories of three communities that successfully implemented smoke-free policies. The video won the Gold Aurora and Silver Telly awards.


Children's Excerpt

Consumer Summaries and Guides

Related Links

Related Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports

  • Vital Signs: Disparities in Nonsmokers’ Exposure to Secondhand Smoke—United States, 1999–2012
    February 3, 2015 / Vol. 64 / Early Release
  • Prevalence of Smokefree Home Rules — United States, 1992–1993 and 2010–2011
    September 5, 2014 / Vol. 63 / No. 35