You know how harmful tobacco smoke is to your own personal health, but what you may not know is the damage you are doing to those around you.
Tobacco smoke not only increases your risk of lung, throat and mouth cancer, COPD, heart problems and other major conditions, but secondhand smoke can also be extremely harmful to others. Even if exposure is only for a short amount of time, studies have shown that secondhand smoke exposure is dangerous.
In adults that have never smoked, breathing in secondhand smoke has an immediate and harmful effect on the heart and blood vessels. It is also estimated that secondhand smoke caused nearly 34,000 heart disease deaths between 2005-2009 alone and also caused more than 7,300 lung cancer deaths in those same years.
Even more staggering are the effects on young children who are exposed to secondhand smoke from parents and other adults.
Statistics from the CDC show that secondhand smoke caused an increase in reported ear infections, frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections and a greater risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Bottom line – tobacco smoke isn’t only bad for your health, it’s bad for those around you too, especially your children.
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