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Secondhand Smoke
"The Truth About Secondhand Smoke"
Secondhand smoke, also called environmental tobacco smoke, comes from two sources.
  • Mainstream Smoke is the smoke that is exhaled by a smoker.
  • Sidestream Smoke is the smoke from the burning end of a tobacco product.
Exposure to secondhand smoke is also known as passive smoking or involuntary smoking. In the United States, the primary source of secondhand smoke is from cigarettes... then pipes, then cigars. Exposure to secondhand smoke usually occurs in the home, in the car, at the workplace, or in various public areas such as restaurants, bars and recreational areas.
Secondhand smoke contains the same harmful chemicals as the smoke that is inhaled by the smoker. Just think, over 50 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer. True, you have a right to place these poisons in your body, but do you have the right to force non-smoking individuals near you to inhale these same cancer-causing chemicals? The U.S. Surgeon General and the International Agency for Research on Cancer have both classified secondhand smoke as a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing agent). Its a proven fact that inhaling secondhand smoke causes lung cancer in nonsmoking adults.
Children that are exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome, which is commonly referred to as SIDS. They also have a significantly higher risk of ear infections, colds, pneumonia, bronchitis, and asthma. These children that are exposed to secondhand smoke tend to cough, wheeze and feel breathless at times. There's also evidence that secondhand smoke has a direct effect on children's learning development and their behavior. Children definitely deserve a better start in life than this!

Non-smokers who are breathing secondhand smoke at home or at work, are at a higher risk of dying from heart disease and lung cancer. The effects of second hand smoke, even for brief periods of time, can range from eye, nose and throat irritations to headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Secondhand smoke can seriously intensify symptoms in individuals with allergies or asthma. Don't be fooled... a smoker's secondhand smoke can lead to serious, life-threatening health problems for any non-smoker that in forced to inhale the poisons and carcinogens from their cigarette, cigar or pipe. Non-smokers should have a choice!
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