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Secondhand and thirdhand smoke
Secondhand smoke is a mixture of smoke coming from the burning tips of cigarettes, pipes and cigars, and smoke exhaled by smokers.
- If you smoke, quit. Ask your health care provider for help if you need it.
- Do not smoke — or allow smoking — in your house or car.
- Ask people not to smoke around you and your children.
- Check on the smoking policies of day care providers or caregivers.
- Teach your child to stay away from tobacco products.
Thirdhand smoke is the chemicals left behind after
secondhand smoke. It is what you smell on your clothes,
hair, furniture or in the car. Thirdhand smoke is also the
brown film on the walls.
Cigarette smoke has more than 7,000 chemical compounds.
Research shows that secondhand smoke has at least
69 chemicals known to cause cancer, according to the
National Cancer Institute.
Nonsmokers who are around secondhand smoke breathe in the chemicals from the tobacco smoke. Secondhand smoke causes death and disease in nonsmokers.
No amount of secondhand smoke is safe. The Environmental Protection Agency, National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer lists secondhand smoke as a known cause of cancer in people.
Children are especially at risk to effects of secondhand
smoke, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency. Secondhand smoke: