Secondhand smoke exposure contributes to approximately 41,000 deaths among nonsmoking adults and 400 deaths in infants each year. Secondhand smoke causes stroke, lung cancer, and coronary heart disease in adults. Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, middle ear disease, more severe asthma, respiratory symptoms, and slowed lung growth.
These four brochures contain information on the health dangers of secondhand smoke.
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.
- Secondhand Smoke
- Health Effects
- Smokefree Policies Do Not Hurt the Hospitality Industry
- Smokefree Policies Improve Air Quality
- Smokefree Policies Improve Health
- Smokefree Policies Receive Public Support
- Smokefree Policies Reduce Secondhand Smoke Exposure
- Smokefree Policies Reduce Smoking
- Smokefree Policies Result in High Levels of Compliance
- Ventilation Does Not Effectively Protect Nonsmokers from Secondhand Smoke
- Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure is High in Multiunit Housing
- Secondhand Smoke Can Infiltrate Into Other Units Through Hallways and Stairwells
- The Harmful Chemicals in Secondhand Smoke
- Some Groups Have Higher Exposure to Secondhand Smoke and Its Harmful Effects
- Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Differs Among Children Ages 3-11 By Race and Ethnicity
- Statewide Smokefree Laws
- Prohibiting Smoking in all U.S. Government Subsidized Housing
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
- Page last reviewed: February 22, 2017
- Page last updated: February 22, 2017
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