Secondhand Smoke
Effects of Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand Smoke
Each year, 42,000 Americans who never smoked a cigarette die from secondhand smoke. For every 11 smokers tobacco kills, one nonsmoker dies with them.

Secondhand smoke can trigger heart attacks in adults and can be devastating to children, causing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), respiratory problems and asthma attacks. 

To protect Coloradans from secondhand smoke, the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act was passed to keep these poisons out of innocent lungs.

Secondhand smoke comes from burning or exhaled cigarettes, cigars and pipes. It contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including 250 known to be toxic and about 70 that are known to cause cancer. There are up to six times more toxins in a room filled with secondhand smoke than on a busy highway.

Secondhand smoke leads to 34,000 heart disease deaths and 7,300 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year.

Secondhand smoke is extremely dangerous for pregnant women. It increases chances for miscarriages, low birth weight and preterm delivery.  


Sources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Years of Potential Life Lost, and Productivity Losses—United States, 2000–2004. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2008;57(45):1226–8 
The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke – A Report of the Surgeon General, 2006
How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease – A Report of the Surgeon General, 2010; Institute of Medicine, 2009 Journal of Pediatrics, 2011