Text of Secondhand Smoke Defining secondhand smoke What’s in it? What does it do? What can you do about...
Secondhand Smoke Defining secondhand smoke Whats in it? What does it do? What can you do about it?
Secondhand Smoke Also known as: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Indirect smoke Involuntary smoking Passive smoking Secondhand smoke comes from two sources: mainstream and sidestream smoke
Chemicals in Secondhand Smoke: n Secondhand smoke contains over 4,000 substances (chemicals within tobacco, added to cigarettes and caused by the burning of cigarettes) n 200 of these chemicals are known poisons n 43 of the chemicals in cigarette smoke have been found to be carcinogenic (cause cancer) n Secondhand smoke is considered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and many other groups to be a carcinogen (cause cancer).
Effects of Secondhand Smoke n Short Term Irritates eyes, nose and throats Irritates allergies Smelly clothes and hair, car, home, etc. n Long Term Increased risk of lung cancer, heart disease, asthma, lung disease and stroke
How are children affected? Exposure to secondhand smoke increases risk of: n Pneumonia n Bronchitis n Lung disease n Ear infections n Asthma attacks n Chronic coughs and wheezing n Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Secondhand Smoke in the Workplace n Workers exposed to secondhand smoke on the job are 34% more likely to get lung cancer. n More than 90% of Americans favor restricting or banning smoking in public places
What can you do? n Post a smoke-free sign n Let smokers know you prefer they smoke outside or away from you--ask gently but assertively n Remove ashtrays from lobby, entrance or exit areas n Support smokers who want to quit n Acknowledge locations that are smoke-free n Dont counter hostility with additional hostility n If all else fails, compromise