Secondhand Smoke and Aerosol Infographics

The U.S. Surgeon General Concluded that Aerosol from E-Cigarettes Can Contain Harmful Substances

The U.S. Surgeon General concluded that aerosol from e-cigarettes can contain harmful substances.

  • More than 4 in 5 U.S. adults oppose e-cigarette use in indoor public places.

E-cigarette use in public places can:

  • Expose bystanders to secondhand aerosol
  • Make enforcement of smokefree policies challenging
  • Influence the acceptability of tobacco use

Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure is High in Multiunit Housing



Secondhand Smoke Can Infiltrate Into Other Units Through Hallways and Stairwells

Secondhand smoke can infiltrate into other units through hallways and stairwells. Don’t be shy when it comes to your health. Talk to your building manager about making your apartment smokefree.

The Harmful Chemicals in Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke and the harmful chemicals in it are known causes of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS, ear infections, and asthma attacks in infants and children. They are also known causes of HEART DISEASE, stroke, and lung cancer in adult nonsmokers.

Nonsmoking Americans

Higher Exposure Rate By Age

  • 3-11 years: 41%
  • 12-19 years: 34%
  • 20 years and older: 21%

Higher Exposure Rate By Race

  • White Americans: 22%
  • Black: 47%
  • Mexican American: 24%

Higher Exposure Rate By Poverty Level

  • Below the poverty level: 43%
  • At the poverty level: 21%

Higher Exposure Rate By Home Ownership

  • Own their home: 19%
  • Renters: 37%