The EPA’s assessment of the respiratory health risks of passive smoking (Lung Cancer and other maladies) concludes that exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) — commonly known as secondhand smoke — is responsible for approximately 3,000 lung cancer deaths each year in nonsmoking adults and impairs the respiratory health of hundreds of thousands of children.
Secondhand smoke is a mixture of the smoke given off by the burning of tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars or pipes and the smoke exhaled by smokers. Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 substances, several of which are known to cause cancer in humans. And this second-hand smoke can move easily between the rooms in your home. Additionally, exposure to secondhand smoke has also been shown in several studies to increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.
IN FACT –
- Children who live in homes where people smoke may get sick more often with coughs, wheezing, ear infections, bronchitis or pneumonia.
- Children with asthma may have asthma attacks that are more severe or occur more often.
- Opening windows or using fans or air conditioners will not stop secondhand smoke exposure.
- The U.S. Surgeon General says that secondhand smoke can cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as SIDS.
So, removing secondhand smoke from the indoor environment will improve the indoor air quality and health of your home and family. To learn more on how to improve the indoor air quality in your home call (813-854-3449) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)