Breathing in Secondhand Smoke

It is difficult to answer as to which one is worse because both are deadly. There is an association between the amount of exposure to secondhand smoke equaling a greater risk. Basically, the more exposure to secondhand smoke, the greater the health consequences. There are two forms of secondhand smoke: side stream smoke, which is the smoke that comes from the end of a lighted cigarette, and mainstream smoke, the smoke that is exhaled by a person smoking. In either case, secondhand smoke is a serious problem and one that can cause harm to people who do not smoke. Some of the dangers of secondhand smoke are that it may cause lung and other cancers as well as respiratory problems such as coughs, phlegm and reduced lung function. In young children, it can cause pneumonia and bronchitis and can increase middle ear infections. It can also increase the severity of asthma attacks. One way to protect yourself and those you care about is to educate them on the risk of smoking to both their health and to the health of those that are exposed. Asking people who smoke to not smoke in front of you and to not allow smoking in your home or car are excellent ways to reduce exposure. Smoking with the windows open or in certain rooms may not be enough. For a detailed analysis on the effects of secondhand smoke, see the 2006 Surgeon General’s report entitled, The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General which can be found at the following link: www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/secondhandsmoke.

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