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Second hand smoking

Second hand smoking is a special condition which means you are “smoking” without being a smoker – you are breathing the smoke with thousands of toxic chemicals from smoking people. Second hand smoke is as dangerous as real smoke in smoking women. Actually the second hand smoke is the combination of smoke from the burning end of the cigarette and the smoke breathed out by smokers.

Second hand smoking should be considered as a risk factor (even in very small portions!) for women health especially during pregnancy. As children breathe faster than adults they are particularly vulnerable to second hand smoke. Second hand smoking is also dangerous for old people and people with heart or breathing problems.

Second hand smoke contains pretty dangerous poisons – thousands of toxic elements which could hurt women health and trigger different types of cancer.

Even limited portions of second hand smoke are not safe. Second hand smoke can hurt your health even after short time “smoking”. Second hand smoking can trigger not only temporary health problems but can also provoke pretty serious diseases.

Second hand smoking should be considered as a higher risk factor in close rooms (apartments, offices, restaurants, etc.) because toxic elements from second hand smoke spread and can stick to carpets, soft furniture, curtains, clothes, food and can remain in the room for long period of time.


Second hand smoke is composed of both particles and gases. Second hand smoke contains over 4000 toxic chemicals including about 70 carcinogenic factors and about 200 well known poisons.


Second hand smoking health risks

During last decades several groups of scientists from different countries clearly shows that people repeatedly exposed to second hand smoke are more likely to develop and die from heart problems, lung cancer and breathing problems.

Second hand smoke works very quickly. Tests show that within a matter of seconds after a pregnant woman breathes the second hand smoke it begins to affect her unborn baby. During 10 seconds toxic gases such as formaldehyde and ammonia immediately attack your immune system causing disturbances. At the same time, the nicotine passes into your bloodstream through millions of capillaries in the lungs.

Second hand smoking

  Second hand smoking could increase the risk for:

  respiratory infections (bronchitis, pneumonia, excessive coughing and throat irritation);

  asthma attack triggered by second hand smoke;

  lung cancer;

  heart disease (heart attack triggered by increased blood clots and heart rate);

  ear infections.

How avoid second hand smoking- TIPS

The best way to protect your health from second hand “smoking” is to make your home, office and car 100% smoke-free.

  Declare your home “smoking free” for all friends, relatives and visitors;

  If you live in house, prepare a special “smoking place” in the garden;

Protect children from second hand smoking

  Declare your office “smoking free” and request your director to develop a special place for smokers;

  Buy a special “NO SMOKING” magnet and put it on the fridge in your apartment and/or in the office;

  Remove all ashtrays from inside your home;

  Always request your babysitter and/or children care professionals never smoke around your children;

  Never accept smoking from professionals who work in your house (plumbers, constructors, house workers, computer experts, etc.);

  Declare your car “smoking free” for everybody – all passengers;

  Put “NO SMOKING” sign in your car.

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