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What is second-hand smoke?

Second-hand smoke is made up of the smoke from the burning end of a cigarette or pipe, and the smoke that is blown into the air by the person smoking. It has...

bulletOver 4,000 chemicals; many of them cause cancer. Two thirds of the smoke from a cigarette is not inhaled by the smoker, but enters the air around the smoker.

bulletAt least twice the amount of nicotine and tar as the smoke inhaled by the smoker

Five times the amount of carbon monoxide, a deadly gas that robs the blood of oxygen.

Additionally, below is true of second hand smoking...

bulletIt contains higher levels of ammonia (better known as window cleaner) and cadmium (also found in batteries)

bulletThe concentration of hydrogen cyanide (a poisonous gas that attacks respiratory enzymes) in tobacco smoke is considered toxic

bulletIt contains nitrogen dioxide which is measured at fifty times higher than the standard for harm

bulletNon-smokers who breathe in second-hand smoke can get many serious diseases. It can cause lung cancer, heart disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (emphysema and chronic bronchitis)
asthma and other diseases

bulletRegular exposure to second-hand smoke increases the risk of lung disease by 25% and heart disease by 10%.

bulletThis is why smoking is banned in many public places such as airports, transport stations, bars and restaurants, public offices and others.

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