Secondhand Smoke Facts
- Secondhand smoke is the smoke from burning tobacco products such as cigarettes or pipes.
- Secondhand smoke is also exhaled by a smoker.
- Tobacco smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals. About 70 of those chemicals are known to cause cancer.
- There is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke.
- Since 1964, over 2.5 million people have died from secondhand smoke.
Secondhand Smoke Health Effects
Although secondhand smoke exposure has decreased significantly over the past 30 years, it is still a significant problem, especially among children.
- Ear infections
- Asthma attacks
- Respiratory problems and infections
- Greater risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Differences in Secondhand Smoke Exposure
- Secondhand smoke exposure has decreased among all racial groups, but it is still higher in Black nonsmokers (46.8%), non-Hispanic white nonsmokers (21.8%), and Mexican American nonsmokers (23.9%). Data as of 2011-2012.
- 43.2% of nonsmokers living below the poverty level were exposed to secondhand smoke between 2011 and 2012.
- Blue-collar workers, service workers, and construction workers are more likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke.
How to Protect Yourself from Secondhand Smoke
- Quit smoking if you are not a nonsmoker.
- Do not allow people to smoke in or around your home.
- Do not allow anyone to smoke in your car.
- Ensure your child’s school and/or daycare are tobacco-free.
- Choose restaurants, parks, and public places that prohibit smoking.
- Teach your children to avoid secondhand smoke and smoking.
- Be a role model for your children. Do not use tobacco products.
Nevada Tobacco Quitline is a FREE phone counseling service available to smokers aged 13 or over who want to stop smoking. Your quit coach will help you make a schedule so you can quit using tobacco. Adults over 18 may qualify for FREE tobacco replacement therapy. To find out more, click here.