Secondhand Smoke What is it? How can it affect our body? What are we doing to prevent this? What is Secondhand Smoke? Secondhand smoke is also known as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) or passive smoke. It is a mixture of 2 forms of smoke that comes from burning tobacco: – Sidestream Smoke – Mainstream smoke Sidestream Smoke Sidestream smoke is smoke that comes from the end of a lighted cigarette, pipe, or cigar. Mainstream Smoke Mainstream smoke is smoke that is exhaled by a smoker. Why is Secondhand Smoke an issue? Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemical compounds. More than 60 of these are known or suspected to cause cancer. Thus, secondhand smoke causes cancer. Other Effects of Secondhand Smoke An estimated 46,000 deaths occur from heart disease in non-smokers who live with smokers. Approximately 3,400 non-smoking adults die from lung cancer. Additional breathing problems in non-smokers, including coughing, mucus, chest discomfort and reduced lung function. Continued 200,000 to 1 million children who have asthma have an increase in the number and severity of asthma attacks annually Children of smokers experience more than 750,000 middle ear infections Where is Secondhand Smoke an issue? There are 3 places where you should be especially concerned about exposure to secondhand smoke: – Homes – Public Places – Cars How has our community helped…… In 2007, ALL NC Schools were mandated to become 100% tobacco free. Passage of the Tobacco Bill – This bill gives federal government the power to regulate cigarette ingredients, to ban the marketing of “light cigarettes” and to require graphic warning labels. Future of Secondhand Smoke The passing of the tobacco bill is a step in putting an end to Big Tobacco’s misleading marketing practices, designed to addict children to its deadly products.
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