The Dangers of Second Hand-Smoke

There is NO RISK-FREE level of second-hand smoke exposure, according to the Center for Disease Control.  In fact, more than 2.5 MILLION NON-SMOKERS HAVE DIED from health problems caused by second-hand smoke.

What is second-hand smoke?

Smoke from burning tobacco products or smoke that is exhaled by a person who is smoking.

HEALTH EFFECTS OF SECOND-HAND SMOKE

  • Heart disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Stroke
  • Acute respiratory infections
  • Other respiratory symptoms (coughing, sneezing, and shortness of breath)
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In children, inhaling second-hand smoke can cause:

  • More frequent and severe asthma attacks
  • Greater risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Hearing loss
  • Difficulty learning
  • Increased tooth decay
  • Slowed lung growth
  • Ear infections
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THERE IS NO SAFE LEVEL OF SECOND-HAND SMOKE.

Protect yourself and your family from secondhand smoke by:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Not allowing anyone to smoke in or near your home
  • Not allowing anyone to smoke in your car
  • Making sure your children’s daycare and schools are tobacco-free
  • Seeking out restaurants and other places that are smoke-free
  • Teaching your children to stay away from secondhand smoke

 

Lewis and Clark Community College has been SMOKE-FREE since July 1, 2015, per the Smoke-Free College Campus Act.  Smoking cessation services are available to faculty, staff, students, and patients at the Family Health Clinic.  Call 468-6800 or come by the Clinic at Fobes 1525 for more information.

WE CARE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH.

 

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