Secondhand Smoke Defining secondhand smoke What’s in it? What does it do? What can you do about it?

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  • Secondhand Smoke Defining secondhand smoke Whats in it? What does it do? What can you do about it?
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  • 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
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  • 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).
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  • 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
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  • 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)
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  • 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
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  • 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


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