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Second-Hand Smoke Dangers

Second-hand smoke is a mixture of the smoke given off by the burning end of a cigarette, pipe or cigar, and the smoke exhaled from the lungs of smokers.

Second-hand smoke is harmful to your children.

  • Adults breathe in and out 14 to 18 times per minute. 
  • A newborn breathes up to 60 times per minute
  • When there is cigarette smoke in the air, children get more toxins in their lungs than adults.
  • Young children depend on adults to keep their surroundings safe.  They need you to keep their air smoke-free.
  • Children who spend one hour in a very smoky room breathe in the toxic chemicals equal to smoking 10 cigarettes.
  • Infants in smoking households have more middle ear infections because the smoke irritates the tube leading to the ear.
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Last Updated: 09/2012